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Name: Fender Bender
Subject: RE: RE: RE: MT writing credits/ Royalties
Date: Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Time: 11:21:06 AM
Remote Address: 18.104.22.168
Message ID: 308158
Parent ID: 308157
Thread ID: 308142
In a band situation, the writing process is often a work in process. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple and Rainbow) for one got co-credits on most every song on the strength of his riffs and guitar solos, not really contributing to what the lead singer was doing. But we're really talking about a different band. Take "Under My Thumb". In all likelihood, Mick and Keith provided a song sketch for the others with lyrics, chords, and melody. Brian Jones on marimbas added a second unique melody that serves both as a hook and as a counterpoint to the vocal, kicking off the song and adding perhaps the recording's most standout ingredient out of the entire mix. So as far as song creation goes, there's often a beginning phase and a finishing phase. Would the Stones have been nearly as successful at the onset without Brian's creative intervention, going well beyond the scope of what your garden variety mid-60's second guitarist might contribute to the finished product? Short answer: Nope. And the same goes for the early 70's era situation with Taylor. If one key member is not pulling his weight for whatever reason and another steps in to help keep the creative process going, it should not be regarded as "business as usual". Books are often ghost-written, and in many instances it appears songs are as well. At least with books, the actual writers are compensated for their work.
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