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Rock Under Fire

Jan 16, 2017

In Episode 15 we talk copyrights, publishing, and how music licensing has become the most lucrative source of revenue for many bands and artists that once got by on album sales and touring. Is it the only way out for some? Or is it simply selling out? What constitutes “selling out?” What kinds of compromises are entailed? We examine these questions in a 90-minute discussion that also explores the likes of ASCAP, BMI, Apple, U2, Metallica, Aerosmith, Huey Lewis, Ray Parker Jr., Starship, George Harrison, The Chiffons, Ed Sheeran, George Michael, and the two similar but unique cases of Led Zeppelin vs. Spirit and Jake Holmes. While co-host Stick is away, Pat and Mike are joined by Tracy, the consulting, advising, and analytic guru who works behind the scenes of Rock Under Fire’s social media.

We thank all of our supporters who stepped up to get behind this brand new podcast this past year. We make it a point not to focus on any one particular artist, band, or genre of music, but with that comes the reality that our show may not always appeal to everyone at the same time. The seven decades of rock and roll music along with its even longer history gives us an extremely broad canvas to create discussions on, drawing from different areas with each episode. So there is always something for everyone.

In the previous 14 episodes we've discussed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, Doo Wop, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Steely Dan, The Strokes, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Velvet Underground, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Heart, Dave Grohl, Jack White, digital streaming, the state of the music industry and record labels, the effect of rap and hip hop on rock, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Counting Crows, Boston, The Temptations, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, the Smithereens, Suzanne Vega, Van Halen, Rick Rubin, The Gun Club, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, The Mekons, UFO, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chuck Klosterman, John Philip Sousa, Billy Joel, The Wipers, Iron Maiden, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Waits, Thin Lizzy, the Bee Gees, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Bob Marley, 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, the Desert Trip concerts, aging rock stars, our favorite debut albums, soundtracks, and our most overrated and underrated artists. We've also been joined by two special guests, author and photographer Lydia Criss and writer and director Michael Lee Nirenberg. PLEASE RATE AND REVIEW OUR PODCAST ON iTUNES...WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

Special thanks to Aaron Novak


"Bad News" written and performed by Live Animals