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Pilsner's Picks: Skirting The Law Since 2002!

I've been forced into a kind of strange position by the current U.S. copyright law, in that I could get into legal trouble if any eager-beaver attorney thinks that I might have violated it. This law can always be changed arbitrarily, as it's been changed that way so many times before, but never mind that. Most of these ancient 78-rpm records aren't worth legally pursuing over copyrights (even the heirs' children are probably long dead), but if I'm wrong about this, I'm screwed.

However, being "stuck" (heh heh) with the American musical period of roughly 1925-1935 reveals a great variety of musical riches. Vaudeville, Ragtime, Yiddish music, Harlem Jazz, Boogie-Woogie— who knows where it all came from? And where it all went? Some of it went, right here:


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Comment by Pilsner Panther on March 6, 2013 at 3:41am

That first sentence in the second paragraph of my last comment should have read "1925 to 1945," not 1935. So much for my aging eyeballs....

Comment by Tome Wilson on March 5, 2013 at 10:48am

Here here!

Comment by Pilsner Panther on March 5, 2013 at 10:38am

I'd really like to post more Swing, Stride and Boogie from the late 30's through the mid-40's, but I always risk being attacked by the restless ghosts of Sonny Bono and Walt Disney, screaming from beyond their graves over United States copyrights, so I can't do that.

The original idea of the Picks was to cover the musical period from 1925 to 1935, which is basically from the start of the electrical recording era to the end of World War II. A nice, neat package of exactly two decades— but the whole thing's been derailed by that Draconian copyright law. Even when I go into the early 30's, I'm taking some risks of having my hosting account shut down. I've been threatened with that a couple of times already, and that's what's made me so cautious.

Oh well— the music has survived many things before, and it'll survive this, too. The Jive— will always survive!

Comment by Cap'n Tony on March 2, 2013 at 9:27am

"That's no way to go into a speakeasy...that's the way you come out!"


Comment by Pilsner Panther on March 2, 2013 at 3:52am
Comment by Pilsner Panther on March 2, 2013 at 1:16am

The password is "Swordfish." I heard that from Chico Marx.

Comment by Tome Wilson on March 1, 2013 at 9:25am

Knock three times and tell 'em that Mugsy sent ya.

We got records inside that'll knock your knickers off.

Just don't tell Johnny Law where we keep the good stuff.

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