...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



Not only did we not get royalties, even though our hit song "TIME HAS COME TODAY" has been used in over 30 films (COMNG HOME, PLATOON, CASUALTIES OF WAR, ETC.) and television shows (right now ABC is using it as their promo for next season's shows), but Columbia never paid into our pension fund with AFTRA. We joined AFTRA in 1965, when we were the house band on "SHINDIG" and as of 1994 had only 1 year vested into our pension. Of course, we didn't get any medical insurance, either.
letter to Courtney Love
Lester Chambers
1. No one has ever represented the rights and interests of recording artists AS A GROUP in negotiations with record companies
2. Recording artists don't have access to quality health care and pension plans like the ones made available to actors and athletes through their unions.
3. Recording artists are paid royalties that represent a tiny fraction of the money their work earns.
letter 2 Prince from Courtney Love at rupaul
Courtney Love does the math at Salon
Reparations for the Blues
Don Santina at Counterpunch

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