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Wednesday
Sep072011

Don Henley Talks to Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone asked Don to explain why musicians need to understand copyright issues and termination rights.  Don also mentions he's still working on his country album......slowly.........

Reader Comments (16)

We're not going to see that R&B/Soul album until 2020 :)

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Kudos to Greg Brown for his response to Don Henley,

"You are a bitter, dying dinosaur".

As an Eagles fan, I am most offended by Henley's suggestion that he (they?) would/could re-record Eagles music. As if it is just notes on paper and he, his business partner, and his employees can actually re-create legendary songs recorded by young artists who actually valued the work and not just the profits.

And as to Henley's assertion that, "we don't want to be seen as greedy or whatever". - well, sorry Don, you've long missed the boat on that sentiment. Over the last decade and a half, Henley has revealed himself to be a first-class avaricious jerk - stomping on anyone he perceives to be between himself and even a shiny penny.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

good job Don!! 'bout time someone cared about the rights of musicians. just because you care,makes you a "jerk"???? don't think so!! rock on Mr. Henley and come to virginia soon.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobbie martin

Old rockers never die, they just rock on

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobbie martin

Good article. Love the above picture :) I don't think I have seen it before!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Hey Dave, Do us all a favor and fade into oblivion.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterron sycamore

For too long, the corporate record labels have been exploiting musicians and recording artists all for profit. It is about time someone gave a voice to the recording artists and their rights. Bravo Don.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterron sycamore

Dave has made some really good posts here, so I just try to ignore when he's ripping on Don & Glenn. I rip on country music and some people probably don't like that either.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Thank you, Judy.

We'll have to agree to disagree on the last paragraph of my post. It's harsh, no doubt - but also fact-based and from the viewpoint of an Eagles fan.

My biggest concerns with Henley's latest effort in self-aggrandizing soapbox activism have to do with both his hints at actually re-recording (aka "covering) Eagles music, as well as his flippant lack of concern with the financial interests of anyone else who worked on 'The Long Run' and how this issue would affect those that helped make that album possible.

In a prior interview on the subject, the interviewer mentioned the producer of 'The Long Run' (the brilliant Bill Szymczyk). Henley paused and mumbled something about producers already having a deal in place. So, it's OK for Henley to reclaim and reconfigure a deal with a record company, but everyone else (Felder, David Sanborn, The Monstertones!!) will just have to settle for what he decides they may have?

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Nice posts Dave. If Henley had his way, Randy and Bernie would get next to nothing. Felder would get nothing.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

You people are missing the whole point. Dave is obiviously lacking something in his life to feel the need to bash others.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterron

The only "others" here he may be "bashing" are Don Henley. Just because he has a strong opinion that differs from yours certainly does NOT mean that he is lacking something in his life.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Oh really,the fact that throughout RnR music history you cannot tell me that every sucessful rockstar has not cashed in on their celebrity status, so why is it then that "D" has continually singled out Mr. Henley, unless of course "D" has some ulterior motive in mind. This screams of the "Disgruntled Felder Fan Syndrome" and "D" is seeking revenge for Felder's dimissal and seizes every opportunity to rake Henley and Frey over the coals. GET OVER IT already, its only rock n roll.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterron

This is a site about The Eagles, and an article about Don Henley after all....Sounds like sombody should take their own advice and "GET OVER IT".

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Yes YOU should!!!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterron

I finally got a chance to read this short piece. I do not get to my home computer much, but spend all day on one at work.

I really feel for the musicians from the 1950s and 1960s who really were screwed over by the record companies. At least musicians from the 1970s forward learned some lessons.

I wish the individuals luck. It seems to me there will be court battles forever that will be very exensive and only the lawyers will win monetarily, although future generations of muscians may benefit. However, the Internet is also helping. But, the record companies have already won and have laughed all the way to the bank. The company presidents from the 1950s-1970s have made their money and that is all that mattered to them. They have left other people holding the bag, while they are in more than comfortable retirement.

As to the comment ""You are a bitter, dying dinosaur," if someone took your personal (possiblky emotionally connected) work over a life time and made money off of it, then you would probably want some of that money. It is different when the shoe is on the other foot. Could it be financial jealousy that I hear??

Being an independent contractor is not all that is cracked up to be. I was for about a year, which was spread over two tax years. You are responsible for your personal taxes and the employer's taxes and you are your own employer, so you are taxed twice. My tax lady just loved the extra paperwork!!!!! I earned much less money that my hourly rate.

I do wonder about the physical condition of the master tapes. The quality of them, depending on what they were originally recorded upon and how it was stored will effect the quality of the current sound, if an artist retrieves them. The companies might have things stored under lock and key, but, if the climate conditions were poor or tape was a cheap kind, deterioration will occur. There will be need for conservators with restoration and preservation and one modern copy made. That work is EXPENSIVE!!!! Then, the tapes need to be stored properly and never touched. Sorry it is the archivist in me coming out.

Just remember, know your rights and exercise them in ANY FACET of life. If necessary get a couple of legal opinions. Always have some savings for such moments. All I can say is that I speak from experience with an insurance company.

Happy first day of fall.

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

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