From the beginning, when I began collecting “Recordings Of Independent Origin” (ROIO), I have felt as though I had taken an “Oath To Share The Music Freely”. This has been an instinct, a feeling. Something I believed in deeply. I like to think that for all of us this is true, or at least for many or most of us. Whether we began with trading cassette tapes, or later CDRs (or data DVDs of SHN or FLAC files), vines/trees, or more recently torrents and cloud-based file sharing…
I began in college, in the 1980s, collecting audience recordings on cassettes of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, and the New Riders Of The Purple Sage. I began as a “blanks and postage” person, since I started with nothing. But I remember getting issues of the Relix magazine every month, with people’s latest listings of what they had for trade. It was an exciting time. But every time I was able to get something via B&P (and later, via trades), I was thrilled to be able to share it with others.
The urge to share the music with others is why I do what I do today, especially at PurpleHippies.com and Gullveig.org–where I am able to share rips of new bootlegs with others. I have always said at PurpleHippies.com that anyone may share the bootlegs from the site elsewhere, without any limitations.
I am saddened somewhat by the conflict that exists between me and at least some at Yeeshkul!. Really, I just want an acknowledgement, some small thanks for what I am doing, before these people take what I am sharing and post it elsewhere. That is all I have every desired.
Strangely, what seems to have provoked the latest “conflict” (banning me again from Yeeshkul!), was the following statement which I have added to each new info file at my Gullveig.org:
Notice: You are welcome to repost this bootleg at other sites.
The only thing I ask is that you take the time to say thank you
here at gullveig.org before sharing this bootleg at other sites.
The weird thing is that the current situation makes me feel like I should be doing more, such as posting these bootlegs at DIME and The Traders Den. And perhaps I will…