Today is Grey Tuesday
, a day designated for websites to show their support for Danger Mouse's Grey Album. Here's a synopsis of what the Grey Album is and what the protest is about:
DJ Danger Mouse created a remix of Jay-Z's the Black Album and the Beatles White Album, and called it the Grey Album. Jay-Z's record label, Roc-A-Fella, released an a capella version of his Black Album specifically to encourage remixes like this one. But despite praise from music fans and major media outlets like Rolling Stone ("an ingenious hip-hop record that sounds oddly ahead of its time") and the Boston Globe (which called it the "most creatively captivating" album of the year), EMI has sent cease and desist letters demanding that stores destroy their copies of the album and websites remove them from their site. EMI claims copyright control of the Beatles 1968 White Album....Tuesday, February 24 will be a day of coordinated civil disobedience: websites will post Danger Mouse's Grey Album on their site for 24 hours in protest of EMI's attempts to censor this work.
Standard Deviance has been listening to the Grey Album for about a week now and I love it. I listened to the White Album almost every day of 11th grade, so the Grey Album is particularly interesting to me. I urge you all to go download it
because it is a great album. It's just an added benefit that it is pissing EMI off.
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