[f_minor] Where is Sony's head?

Stephanie Wright slynnwright83 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 20 10:28:51 EST 2010


On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 12:25 AM, David Pelletier <promonde at aol.com> wrote:

> Yah.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Dec 19, 2010, at 5:15 PM, maryellen jensen <
> maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> First off thanks to Timothy Conway for correcting my double *"http://" *hyperlink
> mistakes - it's a Microsoft Hotmail thing. Hotmail "generously" provides its
> clients with a *prewritten hyperlink intro* - http:// - which means that
> the quick and easy copy-paste of a complete URL becomes hazardous and in my
> case it *was  *hazardous because I was distracted by the astounding beauty
> of a snow tempest outside my window. Hotmail users are condemned to
> copy/paste URLs *without* the "http:// " which is lots of fun for no one.
>  The double-headed hydra is *$ony and The Glenn Gould Estate;* the Glenn
> Gould Foundation has nothing to do with new issues and/or reissues of
> Gould's catalogue nor has it any legal power of copyright over the name
> Glenn Gould. I would have thought that that was made quite clear from the
> links I sent here from Angus Carroll's site and the earlier link I sent of
> the GGE vs Stoddart court case(s). When a few of us were trying desperately
> to submit a "doodle" for a Google doodle to commemorate Gould's birthday we
> had to ask permission from The GG Estate - which was willingly (and
> promptly) granted us with their best wishes for our success. Unfortunately
> we did not succeed with Google but we sure tried hard. Perhaps we'll try
> again but frankly the whole Google thing sort of puts me off as I know it
> did Pat even at the time.
>  Michael, are you referring to The Glenn Gould Edition or The Glenn Gould
> Collection? The GG *Edition* is still available in my local "good" music
> stores but the extent to which all of the catalogue is 'on the racks' is
> another story - par contre The GG *Collection* (1992? Monsaingeon) was
> only ever available on VHS but can be found for download on the Net in its
> entirety, get back to me on that if you care to. As far as '32 Short Films'
> is concerned: who would pay over the average cd price? Not me.  It's been
> around on torrents almost as long as any cult film - probably longer. A
> quick warning to anyone who would respond to my frankness with a
> sanctimonious lecture on "piracy": *Get a grip*. If $ony and The Glenn
> Gould Estate can't get their act together and organize the release of
> Gould's vast musical, audio/visual legacy in a FAIR AND COMPLETE offering at
> fair market prices then all they can reasonably expect is the formation of
> an 'underground' - which has *already  *taken shape:
>  "Gould, Gould outrage, Gould brise, Gould martyrise, mais Gould libere,
> libere par lui meme..."; my sincere thanks to Charles de Gaulle and sorry
> that I could't include the accents on the vowels.
>  An interesting aside is in order: Edward Said mentions in one of his many
> essays on Gould something on the order of Gould quit public performances but
> for what exactly? What was the bargain? Had it not been for the RARE
> indulgence of Columbia Masterworks Gould's career would have been over. Said
> was commenting on the universal dilemma of an artist and I think that it's a
> question which hasn't been answered in spite of what Gouldians proclaim
> loudly about "kits" and "do-it-yourself-albums". Gould may have been
> prescient playing the stock market (with a lot of help from his 'friends')
> but he was ultimately naive about the corporate music business which was to
> devour forever and ever every note he ever played under draconian copyright
> contracts? There seems to be a willing suspension of disbelief somewhere:
> either Gould was having his public on and he didn't really care, or Gould
> was convinced that his every note and appearance would be so sought after
> that he didn't do anything about it. Here was a man that knew and hated "The
> Horowitz Syndrome" yet by leaving the stage knew he was to become more like
> Horowitz than even Horowitz. Do not underestimate either Gould's sense of
> irony or drama. He was a drama queen, a nice one but born to it all the same
> even without the sweeping exits and concert capes. There's more than one way
> to skin a cat, as his father would have told him.
>  Where is the Glenn Gould Foundation's head? That's what I'd like to know.
> The logo on the homepage is frankly dreadful, the archives have disappeared,
> people who send in pertinent info on a timely basis aren't published or are
> published but aren't acknowledged; there isn't a single 'link' to music, on
> and on and on. The Glenn Gould Foundation should serve as "the spearhead",
> the posthumous face of Glenn Gould for people all over the world who are
> newly curious and desperate for decent information on the artist and his
> life as well as for those who are already well acquainted but would like to
> know more and contribute as well (au fur et a mesure) but instead it's a
> neo-corporate convenience island operating under the aegis of BLAND and
> BLIND. Dear GG Foundation, don't forget your responsibility is first and
> foremost in the service of Glenn Gould - there is a character in Dickens'
> Bleak House which sort of reminds me of you. Get back to me on it, like the
> Menuhin plaque at Glenn Gould's grave.
> Mary
> =
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