23 luglio 2014

In ricordo dello scomparso Casey Kasem, dj radiofonico di enorme popolarità negli Stati Uniti - sua per anni la voce dei Top 40 - nonché attivo sostenitore di numerose cause per i diritti civili, il collettivo californiano Negativland riesuma il proprio famigerato singolo U2 del 1991, in cui anche Kasem aveva un piccolo ruolo, e ne diffonde i materiali d'origine per pubblico e creativo riutilizzo: informazioni e file audio si ottengono al sito del gruppo e tramite Mediafire.

In 1991, Negativlandʼs U2 single had one of the shortest releases in music history, squashed like a bug after less than ten days on store shelves, under legal fire from the Irish rock band U2ʼs music publisher (Warner/Chappell) and then-record label (Island). The history of this fracas was detailed in Negativland’s book and CD release, Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 (Seeland 013).
Now, instead of merely reissuing the U2 record itself, Negativland presents, for free digital download, the original un-mixed studio multi-track tape "stems" for re-mixing, re-purposing and re-inventing in whichever way the listener may choose. Negativland encourages the re-contextualization of this seminal work for whatever reason, whatsoever. In keeping with the working methods and philosophy of Negativland, and the Fair Use provision in U.S. Copyright Law, the group offers up this raw material in the hopes that entirely new versions of the work are created and disseminated.