They ought to be ashamed

We had to share this one.  In the rumble-tumble world of music, we have become (sadly) accustomed to being bootlegged, having our hard work distributed for free by total strangers, generally being ripped off and not ever earning a proper wage for anything. That’s just the world we live in, no need to cry in our soup.

But this is a new low.  A well respected label (we all have many of their ace releases in our collections – paid for with real money and everything!) and a well respected author (ditto, our cash = his pockets).  And yet this is how they want to do “business”.  Not a “how’s your father?” or a polite “we’d like to use your artwork to sell our book and not actually pay you for it, may we please?”.  Oh no, and entirely new approach: we’ve put your artwork in our book and you have 14 days to stop us.  Nice.

Jon SavagesouljazzNeedless to say we wrote to them and told them NO YOU DO NOT HAVE OUR PERMISSION.  Jokers.

From :XXXXXX@soundsoftheuniverse.com
Subject : PUNK 45s Sleeve Artwork Permission
Message Body : Hi – I’m writing from Soul Jazz Books in London – we are planning to publish a book towards the end of this year to be called “PUNK 45 The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1975-82″, edited by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker. The book will feature cover art from hundreds of Punk singles from this period, along with contributions and interviews etc. from artists, writers, designers and other key figures. We would very much like to include in this book artwork taken from the following Crass Records singles: CRASS – NAGASAKI NIGHTMARE HONEY BANE – YOU CAN BE YOU If you have object to our using the artwork listed above I’d be grateful if you could let me know within the next 14 days, in order that we can remove the artwork from the book. Thanks & all best wishes, Steve

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About Allison

Allison teamed up with John Loder as the very first Southern employee back in 1985 when they had the idea of starting up a record distribution company. Prior to that she published a fanzine (Savage Pink), played in bands, promoted shows, ran a venue (for about a week before the mayor shut it down), worked at a record distributor, and generally fought the punk wars. Now she is the owner & chief pot washer of Southern.