Friday, August 26, 2011

Our Criminal Music Industry

Posting has been light. Busy. But this crossed my desk, and I cannot but share it.

"Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid"

"...due to a Congressman from Oregon..."

Who was this iconic brain waver? Earl.

"He was the lead sponsor of the Lacey Act amendments in the House. Congressman Blumenauer’s academic training includes undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland."

But you cannot forget Ron. Another brilliant legislator.

"He was the lead sponsor of the Lacey Act amendments in the Senate."

UPDATE: Max busts the Feds here.


innominatus said...

First, they came for Gibson
But I owned a cheap-o Ibanez, so I said nothing.

Then they came for...

MAX Redline said...

Oh, but it gets more interesting. Back in the days of the coffeehouse circuits, I used to play Martin 12-strings. Hell, I even had a sideline going, in which I repaired damaged Martins and other instruments. I know what woods they used.

So I did some poking around.

Know what? Martin has never been raided by the feds.

One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of elections (though, to be fair, he did donate a whopping $750 to Republican Congressmen in the 90s.) According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.”

In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.

MAX Redline said...

More, now: DOJ has told Gibson to outsource their labor overseas.