[f_minor] Open Letter to The Glenn Gould Foundation

Anne French afrench6 at cox.net
Mon Sep 6 14:14:16 EDT 2010

I am in total agreement.

Anne French

On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 6:49 AM, pzumst <pzumst at bluewin.ch> wrote:
> Dear Glenn Gould Foundation
> I have recently noticed that gould-related items have been removed from
> Ubuweb. I don't know who is responslbiel for this action, but I suspect that
> it was either The Foundation, someone from Sony or the CBC. Of course we are
> talking about copyrighted material and it is not clear wether Ubuweb had the
> explicit permission from the rightsholders to host this material in the
> first place As of yet this material has not been incorporated into the sites
> of the CBc or The Foundation.
> It is also fine to remove "illegal" clips from youtube but at least in rock
> music some bands have decided to open their official channels and I haven't
> seen an official GG channel as of yet.
> In any case this raises a few questions, at least for me. It is my
> understanding that it should be the main goal of The Foundation to preserve
> GG's audiovisual legacy, raise the awareness and make sure that this
> material is accessible to scholars and fans alike both commercially and
> non-commercialy.
> To be honest with you I haven't seen much of that lately. Let me give you a
> few examples:
> - The GG Video Collection has not yet been released on DVD. Why ?
> - The CBC has tons of audio and video that has never seen a proper release.
> Why ?
> - There must be hours of master tapes, alternate takes, outtakes, original
> acetates on vinyl and magnetic tapes deteriorating or happily rotting away
> in a storage facitlity somewhere. Can you grant us that this material will
> be transferred to digital media for prosperity ?
> - The Original Jacket Collection was a step into the right direction. Can we
> expect further releeases of such quality in the near future ? Can we expect
> anything at all ?
> Thet should to it. For now anyway. Prizes and Luncheons etc are fine but I
> doubt that GG would be pleased with the way his musical legacy has bee
> treated lately. I know that 2012 is still a ways a way but it would be nice
> to know the current state of affairs and as "fans" (meaning the people who
> cough up their hard-earned cash to buy GG products) I reckon we have the
> right to ask a few critical questions.
> Yours truly
> Pat
> Basel, Switzerland

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