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Falling Down That "Slippery Slope"?


HammondDave

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Well, you know: don't. People get hurt when they fall down the slippery slope. Maybe some of the sampling dudes feel they have to, because something keeps telling them they need to make it, regardless of how original they are. Some sort of perverted moral obligation to a warped idea of what music should be about.

 

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Inside the article posted by the OP is a link to a crowdfunding campaign.

 

http://www.gofundme.com/amenbrother

 

The Winstons have never received a single penny for its use in the countless music that contains it.

Richard L Spencer, (Lead vocals and sax player) who wrote the arrangement was totally unaware of its cult status until around 1996. It was during that time that he was recovering from a heart attack when he received a phone call from a record label looking to get hold of the masters.

 

Gregory Coleman, the drummer who actually played the beat, also never received any royalties from the sample, he sadly died a broke and homeless man around 2006.

 

So here is where all of you come in, if you have ever written or sold any music with the amen break, or even just enjoyed one of the countless hundreds and hundreds of tunes that contain it over various genres and styles of music, please donate towards the good cause of the worldwide music community giving something back to the man behind the legendary breakbeat.

 

4. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)

As above, all money raised will go to Richard.

Some people have said some should go to the daughter and step-daughter of Gregory Coleman (the drummer).

If we are able to get in contact with them then it is definitely something that could also happen.

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The Amen Break has been copied and recopied by musicians ... and so has the story about it ... by journalists. :roll:

 

[video:youtube]5SaFTm2bcac

 

 

Carry on. :snax:

 

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I've heard the term Amen Break thrown around for years but never understood exactly what it was until now. Thanks for all the links you guys.

 

It's such a common riff played by all drummers in the late 60s that I don't know how you can copyright it. And it's pretty sketchy for a singer to collect revenues for something his drummer did - a drummer who is now dead.

 

Very interesting story however.

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IAnd it's pretty sketchy for a singer to collect revenues for something his drummer did - a drummer who is now dead.

 

To be fair, the singer/sax player himself did not initiate the crowdfunding campaign. It's someone else who wanted to do it for him - someone who is also trying to get a hold of the drummer's family.

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