Will you help us save Music?
We live in a society where celebrities can really move the needle when it comes to awareness and public relations. And while the call for ‘stay down’ is growing and our petition continues to gain signatures everyday, it hasn’t exploded, yet.
So when a friend, who is familiar with our work, said he had a longtime friend who was in Bruce Springsteen’s Band and would be willing to talk to him on our behalf, of course I was excited.
I have no idea what if anything will happen, but I thought I’d share with you the letter I sent along with a copy of the petition:
As a longtime fan, I know a great deal about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. I saw my first show over forty-years ago at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. I bought twenty tickets, I think they were five dollars. I took my friends who worked at a record store in Berkeley. It was Halloween Night and your music blew us all away.
This would have been 1975 when the record business was healthy. People would come into our store and buy four or five albums for twenty bucks. Times were good. Bands toured to sell records and many bands were making a decent living.
I’m a pretty big fan of your band, but an even bigger fan of music in general. And I’m writing you because we’re losing it. We need help.
One of the stories I like to tell is about the recording of Born to Run. I know the story because I bought the Born to Run box set. The one that comes with the video about the making of the record. Quite a story, really.
According to the video your band spent an entire year recording the record. Your manager at the time, Mike Appel, even mortgaged his house to help pay for the studio time. It was a good thing, because when you listen to the songs you realize how much they changed over the year and how hard your band worked to find its’ voice. In the end, Born to Run turned out to be a masterpiece.
I tell this story because this is something that would never happen today. Bands just aren’t given much money to record today. Because of piracy and the collateral damage it has created, artists have been deprived of the ability to sell their music.
And while I know we can’t turn the clock back, we can do something about piracy. We can restore an artists’ dignity. We can amend laws that have failed to protect artists and send out a message that says music has value. That’s our goal.
We may not be able to make the music business whole again, but we can make it better.
Because of your good fortune and success beyond your wildest dreams, we are reaching out to you for help, so that future bands may also have a chance for a lifetime career.
Will you help us save music? Will you be a guardian of the future of music?
William Buckley Executive Director FarePlay, Inc.