Bootlegs are cool...
Karl J. Geisler...
... In 1989 HOTWACKS wrote : Record industry spokesmen often include
BOOTLEGS with COUNTERFEIT and PIRATE recordings when making statements
about the loss of revenues from record piracy. BOOTLEGS, with their
small pressings should NOT be included in this figure as the record
labels do NOT lose revenue from a recording which is NOT in their catalog
BOOTLEG: A Bootleg release consists of unreleased material recorded at
concerts, studio outtakes, radio and/or TV broadcasts and a variety
of other sources. It should be noted that Bootlegs do NOT affect the
commercial recording environment, as often mis-thought; as the
material released on Bootlegs are unreleased items and/or from
concerts, typically recorded by amateurs.
PIRATE: A Pirate release consists of released material in a format that
was not original intended by the producer. A Pirate release will
also not try to look or act as an original commerical release
COUNTERFEIT: A Counterfeit release is a complete rip-off of an officially
released commercial item. It will look like the original release
(often with mistakes - sometimes intentional mistakes). A
Counterfeit release is designed by the rip-off crew to replace
and sell like an official release
The point I'd like to make here is that real fans--those who buy
bootlegs--most likely already have everything that's commercially available.
If record companies would release this kind of stuff, I'd buy it from them.
have to do is print a limited number, with simple packaging, and they'd
make even more money than they already do. They could also make
available the many sought-after recordings that are now long out
of print--hell, even that would be a big bonus.
What I'd like to see is a stop put to the constant repackaging of stuff like
the Scene Club jam and the "Early" Jimi recordings, which are released legally.
The worst crap out there IS released LEGALLY.