Pete Townshend has announced he was selling the publishing rights to his entire catalog of songs to a firm called the Spirit Music Group, which controls varying degrees of rights to songs by the Grateful Dead, Lou Reed and many other artists.
New details have been released about Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut, a box set that will be released November 15 via Universal Music Enterprises. The reissue of The Who's landmark 1973 album was produced, authorized and overseen by Pete Townshend.
The Who's Pete Townshend says Apple -- and with it, iTunes -- is "a digital vampire" that makes new bands "bleed." The guitarist said this and more at the first John Peel Lecture in Salford, England, yesterday, October 31, adding that the internet was "destroying copyright as we know it" and was damaging the growth of new music, reports BBC News.
As we've already reported, The Who will be releasing Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut, a deluxe version of their 1973 album, Quadrophenia, in mid-November. To commemorate the album's release -- and pay homage to 1960s Mod Culture -- The Who are inviting filmmakers and animators to submit a music video for "5:15" that "does for the track what the Quadrophenia film did for the album."