Music Activism: Marc Ribot Talks Respecting Artists’ Rights (Interview by The Talk House)

October 14, 2014, posted from The Trichordist

We’re organizing to fight back. We’re going to give value to the ineffable, uncountable and immeasurable beauty being destroyed. We’re going to give voice to the creators whose work — and lives — are being devalued by tech-corporate greed. We’re going to fight for the sustainability of the culture we all enjoy. We don’t have the lobbying millions of the tech-corporate giants, but we’re going to win. Because the truth is a powerful slingshot.

Editor’s note: If you’re in the New York area, by all means go to “Benefit for Content Creators Coalition (c3): Defend Artists’ Rights: Economic Justice in the Digital Domain!” on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Roulette. The show features: John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Trevor Dunn, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Amir ElSaffar and more. You can buy tickets here.


Marc Ribot’s event information

Benefit for Content Creators Coalition (c3): Defend Artists’ Rights

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20 pre-sale (ends at noon on 10/18) / $25 at Doors
Genre: contemporary classical, improvisation, rock, voice.

Featuring  John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc RibotHenry Grimes, Marina RosenfeldTrevor Dunn, Brandon SeabrookSatomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Amir ElSaffar, and more!

The event will also feature a short screening of highlights from Michael Count Eldridge’s upcoming documentary film Unsound.

Special Artist Rights Supporter tickets include reserved balcony seating and access to a one hour meet and greet prior to the show with Marc Ribot and other artists, Chris Ruen (author of Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Appetite for Free Content Starves Creativity), and Jeffrey Boxer, Executive Director of c3.

Stand with artists as they stand up for their rights
Presented by c3 – the Content Creators Coalition

Ad-based piracy is a direct attack on the livelihoods and art forms of today’s content creators. And the major tech players who sell ads to these websites make large-scale piracy possible. Artists have always been the ultimate free speech activists. That’s why we’re asking Google and other large tech corporations to stand with us and stop brokering ads to piracy sites. It’s not about censorship. It’s about making sure current and future generations of artists can continue to create.

October’s concerts highlight the creativity and impact of artists across the spectrum from indie to the avant-garde as they stand up for their rights in the digital domain. Using music as a language of unification, we invite the artist community and the general public to listen, watch and engage.

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