....The artists respected White for his honest and prolific music coverage through the years, dating back to his tenure with Crawdaddy magazine in the '70s. And they appreciated his editorial support of the Recording Artists' Coalition, which two years ago lobbied Congress to repeal ''work for hire'' legislation supported by major record labels. The legislation classified all master studio recordings as ''works for hire'' that would ultimately belong to the labels, thus choking off artists' rights. White even spoke out on the issue in Washington, D.C., and helped get the law repealed.
''I felt that Tim should have been canonized in the music industry for his fortitude in protecting artists' rights,'' says Crow, ''and for staying in a lower-paying job, when he'd been offered so many other high-profile opportunities, because he believed that what he was doing was important and that someone must guard and defend the sacredness of music and those who make it.''