Yesterday, a man was busted, in Hamilton, Ontario, with a car load of illegal recordings. I won’t dispute the man’s guilt or innocence…he was a dumb*** who got caught selling home-made stuff at a flea market. See Toronto Sun
Instead; maybe he should’ve been selling thousands of titles right in the public eye…After all, anyone can buy virtually any concert these days directly from Ebay.
In this day and age, how does one guy at a flea market warrant such attention?
There was a time when I used to go to a cool store in Edmonton, Alberta, that had a small collection of “rare” lps hidden away in full view. [I won't name the place]. In it were all the wonders of concerts from musicians who wouldn’t bother to play our little town….or played it way too little. Sure, Led Zeppelin appeared in Edmonton once…in 1969…opening for Vanilla Fudge…or was it Iron Butterfly? The Who played too…in 1975…one time. Our options were quite limited. “Hey Wheeler, pretty weak arguement you felony-fool you..”
Nowadays, you can literally buy thousands of great sounding properly mixed live recordings on cd and live in-concert dvds legitimately. And yet…bootlegs still continue. To beat the boot; bands like Pearl Jam have gone so far as to release each and every one of their live concerts
As an aside, now that I live in Toronto…I’m suffering from acute concert burnout…a condition well-known to small-town people like me who move to the big city. Its that kid in a candy story thing. Since 1999; the wife and I have seen: Red Hot Chili Peppers with Stone Temple Pilots, Black Crowes with Oasis, Counting Crows with Live, Dave Matthews twice, Ben Harper twice, BB King with Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones twice, The White Stripes, The Who, AC\DC, Fleetwood Mac, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Mudvayne, The Deftones, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Alanis Morissette, Ian Moore, Santana, Audioslave, Chris Cornell and Bon Jovi (my step-son digs them). Therefore; bootlegs of these or any other show are redundant and have little appeal in our household.
To wrap this up, why go after the little guy anyways? He is probably reselling bootlegs that he purchased online. With that said; why not target the real lawbreakers..like a select number of Ebay sellers who list thousands of illegals daily.
hmmm…I’ll bet there’s an opportunity out there for an enterprising listing-scanning bootleg-bustin’-sub-contractin’-businessman..“Hello Sony…have I’ve got an idea for you..”
(First posted on surroundablog.com)