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Fairness Rocks

So, have you guys heard of an independent film called “This Is Spinal Tap” ?

I guess you haven’t heard of this film because according to French media company StudioCanal it allegedly only made US$98 dollars in soundtrack and US$81 in general merchandise sales since it was released 34 years ago.

Yes, the Vivendi subsidiary allegedly stated the vinyl, cassette, compact disc, VHS, laserdisc, DVD and Blu-ray sales were that low. A rather interesting claim seeing that I managed to purchase Spinal Tap recordings and merchandise over the past few years, with little to no effort.

Seriously, this is a critically acclaimed film that has had a cult following since it premiered in theatres in March 1984. The quoted figures can’t be right so what happened ?

A lawsuit has just been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by actor, writer and composer Harry Shearer alleging StudioCanal had “engaged in anti-competitive and unfair business practices, as well as fraudulent accounting, directly related to its management of the cult-classic film, This Is Spinal Tap.”

Harry Shearer co-created Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest and Michael McKean in 1978, co-wrote the film’s soundtrack and portrayed the cucumber packing bass player Derek Smalls in the film itself :

“Almost 40 years ago, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and I created the somewhat legendary band Spinal Tap,” said Shearer. “We thought there was something real and really funny about the characters, and between that inception and the theatrical release of This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, we poured ourselves into nurturing and perfecting the paean to rock loudness that has entertained so many people, even today. But despite the widespread success of the film and its music, we’ve fallen victim to the same sort of fuzzy and falsified entertainment industry accounting schemes that have bedevilled so many other creators. In this instance, the fraud and negligence were just too egregious to ignore. Also, this time, it was personal.” – Press Release 10/2016

As a fan I had hoped that the creators of Spinal Tap had been properly compensated, ensuring the possibility of more sequels. But it as pretty much become the norm in the entertainment industry for creators to get crumbs for their work, making fans like yours truly wonder where content will come from in the future.

Yes, people will continue to write screenplays and compose music but the channels that most fan use to access material are controlled by the major players. And it appears that to have one’s material distributed one must get naked in a desert and hope the vultures won’t come in for a snack.

So what’s a fan to do ?

I, for one, had previously decided to wait for a blu-ray release that included the “Break Like A Wind” music videos, being quite content with the special edition DVD I had purchased years back. And i’m hoping that this will all work out so I will have the opportunity to complete my collection. But for now i’ve decided to only link the official case website, instead of posting links encouraging the purchase of the Spinal Tap film and soundtracks.

I support fair compensation for content creators, whether it is for music or for film, and will actively discuss and promote campaigns for both. I encourage fans to do so as well through their social media accounts.

Phil Collins’ Best on Vinyl

A compilation of Phil Collins’ remastered singles have been released on a double CD box set, triple CD box set and four LP collection.

I had hoped a video compilation would also be released on DVD but there hasn’t been anything official on that from Rhino.

By the way, his official memoirs will also be out on the 25th of this month.

Gone Tomorrow…


Gone Tomorrow (feat. Michael Sadler) – David Barrett Trio
– Mastered For iTunes –

Sting on Vinyl

Sting’s solo albums have been re-released in an eleven LP collection entitled “The Studio Collection”, including both “Brand New Day” and “Sacred Love”, which weren’t previously released on vinyl.

This collection is available from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Secondspin.comicon

Now if only his label would re-release a music video collection on DVD. Seriously, i’d love the “Fields of Gold” compilation with some bonus videos including the “Stolen Car” remix with Mylene Farmer.

Weekend Specials & Offers

Here are some deals for this weekend :

* Click here for today’s music and music instrument deals at Amazon.ca. Free shipping for orders over $25.
* Most regularly priced merchandise is 15% off at chapters.indigo.ca with coupon code INDIGO15. This includes songbooks, sheet music collections, headphones, microphones, home networking and storage devices (flash drives/hard drives). This offer ends on September 4th, 2016. And don’t forget, shipping is free on purchases above $25.
* Specials at ebooks.com : Labor Day Promotion at eBooks.com. Enjoy 15% off books! Use code: labordaysalecp. Sep 1-7, 2016 only
* Specials at American retailer Guitar Centre : Labor Day Sale – 15% off Single Item $199 or more. Click for Coupon. Valid 8/28/16 – 9/6/16.
* Specials at American retailer Musician’s Friend : Labor Day Sale – 10% Off $99+ / 15% Off $199+ Standard use: Code LABORDAY16. Valid 8/27/16 – 9/6/16.
* Specials at American retailer Rock.com : Happy Labor Day! Take 15% Off Sitewide at Rock.com! Use coupon code LDROCKS15. (Valid 8/26-9/5, offer applicable before tax & shipping)
* Specials at American retailer West Music that end on September 30th, 2016 : West Music SEPTEMBER SALE – Save up to 20% Off
* Specials at Zinio that end on September 7th, 2016 : More Magazines. More Deals. Keep The Savings Going with Up to 90% Off. Save Now!

Back To School Sales & Offers

Thought i’d point you guys and gals to some sales and offers :

* Amazon.ca is offering a $10 promotional credit to eligible customers purchasing $50 gift cards until August 31st, 2016. Use the following coupon code to obtain this credit : 0816GIFTCA
* chapters.indigo.ca is offering discounts on Blue microphones, iPADs, Sennheiser headphones and select toys.
* Newegg.ca is offering discounts on computer components and accessories.
* American retailer Second Spinicon is offering discounts on new vinyl, CDs and DVDs.
* shop.umusic.ca is offering 15% discounts on the vinyl, CDs and merchandise until September 2nd, 2016. Use the following coupon code for this discount : BACK2SCHOOL
* Zinio is offering a discount on virtual Magazine subscriptions until August 31st, 2016. Summer’s Not Over Yet! Get Up to 75% Off Over 300 Magazines. Save Now!