[Jandek] Cover songs!!

Stuart Estell stuart at oceanrain.co.uk
Mon Feb 26 05:39:09 PST 2007

Yes, an interesting one.

I wrote to Corwood asking for permission to record covers of Jandek
material late last year. I never mentioned it on-list (I don't think I've
even posted to the list before - just lurked), so can only assume that
someone has had a similar response to the one I had.

The note I got back said, and I paraphrase, that approval would not be
given for the release of any covers of Corwood material. Without wishing to
stoke the "private correspondence" debate any further, I'm not going to
quote him directly.

Now, regardless of the existence of tribute LPs, I intend to respect
Corwood's wishes. I respect the man as an artist, so it follows that having
explicitly asked him the question, I'd want to abide by his stated wishes.



On 2/25/07, A. Chankin <achankin at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm going to completely contradict myself, and convince myself I am not,
> by pretending this is a different subject.  Please play along or be contrary
> or don't.  Please make up fake correspondence I have sent you that would
> purportedly be highly embarrasing to me and post it to the list.
> You should feel free to cover songs by any artist you want, whenever you
> want.  Cover it verbatim, try to sound just like them, etc, etc.  Knock
> yourself out.  The artist has no right to tell you you can't.
> The only rights they have come in if and when you make some money off of
> that cover song.  They have a right to share some of that.  If you are
> making enough money off of cover songs, you will know about the mechanics of
> this sharing.  They shared with you, you share with them.  It's nothing
> crazy.
> Someone posted a purported Corwood correspondence here once about songs.
> This correspondence supposely said something to the effect of Learning is OK
> and Recording is not.  Now you can choose whether or not to believe that is
> a real correspondence or not for yourself.  (It's just a bit inconsistent
> with the "official tribute albums"...)
> However, even if that were real, no one is under any obligation to respect
> that.  He has no (legal) right to tell you you can't record, or even sell
> versions of his songs that you perform.
> Whether you would feel bound to respect that wish is another matter,
> although as I mentioned I really wonder whether he wrote that or meant it if
> he did.
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