How We Made Public Enemy’s Fight The Power

shockwebpic_ftp_guardian_mar2016The song could have gone a lot softer, a lot neater, a lot tighter – but it would have lost the chaos. When something is organised and aligned, it represents passivity. But any resistance, any struggle to overcome, is going to be chaotic.

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Record Store Day Is Saturday April 19th Worldwide

shockleewebpic_rsd2014Record Store Day is coming soon so make your plans to visit a shop near you on Saturday, April 19th and pickup some music. The organizers have released a full listing of special releases in support of the day and have even appointed Chuck D. as the official Record Store Day Ambassador.

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New Book! Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling

Co-authors Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola analyze the music industry’s approach to digital sampling: past, present, and future in their new book, Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling.

Creative License explores the complexities and contradictions in how music samples are licensed within the current copyright landscape. It includes interviews with more than 100 stakeholders in the sampling community – from David Byrne, Cee-Lo Green, George Clinton, De La Soul, DJ Premier, DJ Qbert, Eclectic Method, El-P, Girl Talk, Matmos, Mix Master Mike, Negativland, Chuck D, RZA, Clyde Stubblefield, T.S. Monk and our very own Hank Shocklee.

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