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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
Welcome to Bristol, where the sky is grey
Ah - there's nothing like listening to a speech by a MP who clearly has no idea why he's here...

Anyway - curry last night was lovely - thanks to all those who came - plus those who left kind messages on LJ; and was followed by rescuing my bike from its temporary home. Now all I need to do is readjust the brakes. Hopefully after learning how to readjust brakes...

Wednesday I went to see Muse at the NEC, who were pretty much as expected. I quite like them recorded - where you can make out the individual instruments - but live any precision and clarity is sacrificed at the altar of LOUD ROCK NOISE - which I think's a shame. Review and photos might make it to the BBC at some point - and I might post some here when I've been through them.

There are two real reasons why I'm here - firstly to make a point of attending a conference where the content has no interest at all; and secondly to spy for my mother on how my little brother is doing. He's so far failed to get a proper job, so we each take turns into badgering him into giving up his dreams and getting a 9-5 office job. Not, I must add, very enthusiastically in my case as I'm a great believer in living your dreams - especially if you're a kept man by your TV presenter girlfriend.

I note with some amusement that the WGW Earlybird tickets have sold out. Unsurprising as I suspect there were only about a dozen... I suspect I'll go, to see people - I'll probably buy a ticket anyway as I shouldn't moan...

I've also been hitting a number of brick walls over photography. I've tried talking to bands about selling prints - but don't get replies; I get emails asking for retrospective control of images - which isn't wrong in principle but could be seen as a little naive. But yesterday I had an IM conversation with an artist who is being proactive - and had the conversation about how copyright and control works in photography before the case rather than after it. Whether they try or are able to use this - remains to be seen. If/when I reach some conclusions on this then I'll probably have a longer rant. Not right now though.

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lupercal From: lupercal Date: November 17th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought our marginally grumpy-late bird tickets yesterday (£91! OMFG!) so if you are looking for someone to houseshare with...

I really want to see the sohodolls, a band I have been championing for a while, and who I never expected to see at Whitby.

of course my championing of bands is usually their deathknell...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 17th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was planning to share with antgirl and grufti again so you could talk to them perhaps?
toxicpixie From: toxicpixie Date: November 17th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top curry, good call :)

Details on King Lear at the Arena can be found here (we're off on the Wed night), and on the play in general here!

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 19th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was only down for a couple of hours as I had to rush back - it would have been nice to have had some more time but wasn't to be in this case.
blackvelvetmag From: blackvelvetmag Date: November 18th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone asked if she could buy some of my photos (of one particular (small) band) a week or two ago. I said I didn't sell my photos. And I don't know how artists do feel about it. When you look at various photographers websites some of them do seem to sell prints. So it confuses me. Would be good to actually make some money (for a change)... but then I would feel bad making money from the artists - unless they specifically said it was cool. Keep me up to date with your talks. Do you want to be able to sell any prints of any artist you take pix of?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 19th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm interested in what I ~can~ do - both legally and morally. I'm trying to run the legal issue past some lawyers - but the principle seems to be that if you do not sign a release then technically the photographs are yours to do with as you will (with some exceptions). Certainly straight print sales seem to be ok.

However it's obviously better to work with the bands rather than risk pissing them off - but the problem I'm having is getting a response of any kind from some of them.

And I agree - lots of people sell prints - and in most cases it wouldn't be worth a band suing them - but that's not the same as doing it right.
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