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Legal Fight over T Rex Songs Portends Music Industry Battles


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Greetings all,

 

An article on the billboard.com/biz website concerning an impending legal battle over copyright ownership by heirs and estates:

 

Legal Fight over T Rex Songs Portends Music Industry Battles | Billboard

 

I have no connection to or association with any of the persons, companies, products or views expressed in the article referenced above.

 

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Mister Wednesday

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Kind of funny, given its origin as a Chuck Berry rip-off. I remember when this came out. I think I was 7 or 8. I couldn't have cared less for the music, but was encouraged it was produced by a group that sounded like they appreciated dinosaurs. I remember being very creeped out by the lyrics then; even more so now. Seems like a lot of Brit glam rock stars wound up doing time for being child molesters.

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You're probably thinking of the odious Gary Glitter and the even more odious Jimmy Saville (amongst others). The unwritten rules of being a normal, humane person dictated that "just because these guys were creepy as **** didn't mean they were paedophiles", but guess what, they were. UK kids TV in the 70s and 80s was a minefield. Bill and Ben (the flowerpot men) with their pipes at the ready and their undisguised longing for "Weeeeed.... Weeeeed" were positively healthy by comparison.

 

Here's a quote from the linked story:

 

Last week, Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan filed a lawsuit in California federal court that seeks a declaration that he is now the sole owner of many of Bolan's famous songs like "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" and "Ride a White Swan."

 

Feld was a few days short of his second birthday when his father died of a tragic car accident in 1977 and was raised with the financial support of his godfather David Bowie. He's now seeking at least $2 million in damages over a music publisher's continued exploitation of songs.

 

Depending on what you read, Rolan Bolan (or Rolan Feld as he prefers, cannae imagine why) has had a tough life. But seriously, dude, you're fighting tooth and nail to claim ownership of a song called "Bang a Gong (Get it On)". I don't care how much your bloodsucking vampire for hire lawyer says it's worth: Have some dignity!

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