Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Klezmatics @ Klezmer Festival Fürth

Just back from the last concert of the Klezmer Festival in Fürth: The Klezmatics. Their newest album "Wonder Wheel" won the GRAMMY Award for 2007's Best Contemporary World Music Album - and I understand why. They presented a wide range of their repertoire - from slower and more silent to really fast. Each musician on his own was already excellent but together ...

Jana and myself are excited that we got one of the last copies of the "Wonder Wheel" - guess what we're listening to right now ;-).

The "Wonder Wheel" contains lyrics by Woodie Guthrie interpreted with a Klezmer Flavor. Looking up Woodie Guthrie on wikipedia I noticed the following quote that I wanted to share:

"This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."
—Written by Guthrie in the late 1930s on a songbook distributed to listeners who wanted the words to his recordings


Scott said...

Woody Guthrie, open source pioneer. Who knew?

Marcus said...

Urm Cory Doctorow did as he quotes it in at least 1 of his books.

The books that are offered freely on as well your favourite bookshop.

But yes it's cool that open source has been going that long ;)