This hour-long documentary, Copyright Criminals, aired on PBS this passed Monday night. If you’re a dedicated PTP follower (you should be…click “Follow” while yer at it), you may have noticed the fact that this premiered right on time, following my Clyde Stubblefield/Marley Marl post.
Quite an interesting cast of characters on the very “grey area” topic of sampling. I did not get a chance to peep the whole feature yet…but from the bits I’ve seen, there’s a great balance of both gem and junk coming from both sides of the fence.
Thumbs way up on Shock G’s analogy of “painting:photography::playing an instrument:sampling”, as well as a matured Chuck D looking back on being hit with a case over samples used on past Public Enemy records. On the flipside, I thoroughly smacked my forehead at Eyedea’s breakdown on how the turntable is more rhythmically complex than instruments such as a guitar or “horn” (uhhh, will ya?!)…and as much as it hurts to say, as I completely admire dude as a musician and producer, Steve Albini at times had a few too many buckets of smug-toned spew to offer. Of course editing is involved and he could have been only referring to instances like Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, or the trend that hit big during Bad Boy Records’ reign in ’97 (think Diana Ross, The Police, Kool & The Gang, and Grandmaster Flash…to name a few). I’ll wait until I see the whole thing before posting further on that.
Click the link to check local listings for the next airing. NYC, if you have Time Warner Cable as your provider, it will be on again this Sunday, January 24, at 12:00PM (Noon) on Channel 13.
CORRECTION: The Sunday, January 24, noontime airing will be on Channel 164 for most of NYC.