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shotglass75
03-05-2007, 06:07 PM
http://www.earvolution.com/2007/03/top-10-corporate-moments-in-rock.asp

i_like_cake530
03-05-2007, 06:38 PM
this is the most ridiculous bullshit i have ever read...


In 1985, John Fogerty, the most identifiable member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, released Centerfield, the album that marked the high-water mark of his post-Creedence recording career. As Fogerty had assigned the copyrights to his CCR material to Saul Zaentz' Fantasy Records as part of a deal to get out of his contract, he was loathe to play his old material lest he generate royalties for Zaentz, a man he despised. Once Centerfield, which contained the scathingly derogatory "Zanz Can't Dance" (ultimately changed to "Vanz Kant Danz"), became a certified hit for Warner Bros., Zaenz retaliated as only a scorned corporate mogul can. In a fit of pique, Zaentz sued Fogerty for infringing the copyrights he held on Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival material. Claiming that Fogerty's hit single "Old Man Down The Road" sounded too similar to Creedence's "Run Through The Jungle," Fantasy Records sued Fogerty, marking the first time in history that a label sued a musician for sounding like themselves. Although the Court declined to set a precedent that a musician cannot plagiarize from himself, Fogerty did win at trial. With guitar in hand, Fogerty took the witness stand and took the jury through the songwriting process of each song, showing that a musician can have an archetypal sound without borrowing from past successes. As Fogerty hadn't played Creedence songs in years, seats for the gallery were filled for his performance/testimony. "I was accused of ripping off myself," Fogerty later marveled. "The little boy in me envisions the day I'll actually segue from 'Old Man' right into 'Run Through the Jungle.'"

shoegazer76
03-05-2007, 06:43 PM
I saw Fogerty play with Willie Neson last year. Willie opened for him. He has all of the rights to play CCR songs now. A totally amazing musician. He still has every bit of his talent. He is the most underated songwriter of all time I think.

i_like_cake530
03-05-2007, 07:40 PM
I saw Fogerty play with Willie Neson last year. Willie opened for him. He has all of the rights to play CCR songs now. A totally amazing musician. He still has every bit of his talent. He is the most underated songwriter of all time I think.

i totally agree, fogerty is a god

tessalasset
03-06-2007, 12:09 AM
i love this thread. i don't normally bring this up, but i know the guy, and last summer, my friend and i were going through his old scrap books he made of his entire career as a musician, and part of one had a bunch of letters that members of that jury wrote to him after the trial was over, talking about what an asshole Zaentz was, and how there was no way they were gonna let him be found guilty. that really is just amazing what some people will come up with. thank god he can play his old stuff again.