Thursday, June 20, 2002

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ROCK BANDS BUT WERE AFRAID TO HEAR
Read the NY Times? If not, you missed Neil Strauss' stunning disection of a modern rock band business affairs with A Part of a Band as the Whole Band.

The band in question is Third Eye Blind who had a hit with "Semi-Charmed Life" in 1997. The tale starts when the pair at the center of the band - singer Stephan Jenkins and guitarist Kevin Cadogan - signed a record deal "as artists known as Third Eye Blind." Sounds like a democratic split of responsibilities, huh?

Not so fast. FIve days earlier, Jenkins had established Third Eye Blind, Inc and named himself sole partner. All royality payments were made through Third Eye Blind, Inc. Guitarist Cadogan claims that it wasn't until three years later that he learned he wasn't an equal partner in the group. After being fired and replaced in 2000, Cadogan sued. The pair reached an agreement on the day the case was set to go to trial.

Read the story for the rest. Read it to the kids or anyone you know who dreams of playing guitar. It is a perfect example how people are willing to screw over even their partners for the glory that is rock and roll.

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