Quick Action

Contact Congress

MENU

1971 – The best of times for rock music and the worst of times for musicians 

12 July 2017

In an interview with NPR, British music journalist David Hepworth claims 1971 saw “a huge explosion of creativity in a very short period of time.” Hepworth’s book, Never A Dull Moment: 1971 – The Year Rock Exploded, asserts that 1971 was a year of unparalleled creativity in rock music: 

“It’s the year of Elton John’s “Madman Across The Water,” Joni Mitchell’s “Blue,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Sly and The Family Stone’s “There’s A Riot Going On” and so on and so on. Loads of records that we still listen to today.”

These records, and many others from 1971, have passed into music legend and have become staples of classic rock stations and playlists across the country. You don’t need to have been alive in 1971 to recognize their power. 

However, there is another, sadder reason that 1971 is a year of note to music creators. Digital music services and AM/FM radio refuse to pay anything to the performers of music made before February 15, 1972. This means that 1971 is the last full year for which music creators are comprehensively shortchanged by companies who make millions from their work (including $60 million each year in digital airplay alone).

So next time you hear one the great hits from 1971 in a coffee shop or on a classic rock station, remember the people behind the music who are likely being shortchanged. And if you haven’t yet, join the thousands of music fans and creators who are supporting the Fair Play Fair Pay Act which will protect music made in 1971 and before.

 Check out the link here to get involved.

Get Involved!

Contact your Members of Congress and tell them you stand against Big Radio.

Contact congress
Back to Latest

RECENT POSTS

Press Release
Congressman Joe Crowley Pushes Fair Pay for Artists ...
November 10, 2021
Press Release
MEMO: Questions for Broadcasters Ahead of Q3 Earning...
November 04, 2021
Press Release
musicFIRST Coalition Kicks Off Music Fairness Awaren...
November 01, 2021
Press Release
Dickey Betts Calls Out Unjust Treatment of Musicians...
October 28, 2021
Press Release
House Judiciary Chair Nadler: Pass the American Musi...
October 22, 2021
Press Release
Rep. Ted Deutch testifies for artists’ rights in fro...
October 22, 2021
Press Release
musicFIRST Chairman Joe Crowley and Music Legend Sam...
October 11, 2021
Press Release
musicFIRST calls out NAB’s hypocrisy in new FCC filing
October 01, 2021
Press Release
NEW POLL: Americans support bold actions to get arti...
September 21, 2021
Stay in the Loop

GET THE LATEST IN YOUR INBOX


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: musicFIRST Coalition, 733 10th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC, 20001, http://musicfirstcoalition.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
By submitting you agree to our Terms & Conditions