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- "Oh, and if Mr. Dylan 'wrote' or, indeed, even arranged 'Canadee-I-O' for
which he has received more royalties than he would ever receive for the
TOTAL sales of GBS I AND II - I'm the Pope. How about an
arrangement credit for the man you purloined it from, Bob, a man who
has no means of making a living, no longer even able to play the
guitar because of a horrific car accident that ended a promising
career? After all, you once told us all, 'to live outside the law,
you must be honest.' Seems like you no longer agree."
- - Clinton Heylin, in his June 1997 "An Open Letter To Tape Collectors"
Matthew Zuckerman posted:
I recall when GAIBTY came out, there was a lot of indignation (particularly
in Folkroots, a UK-based folk magazine) at Dylan's crediting himself with
all the arrangements, particularly "Canadee-I-O", since he had almost
certainly taken it from "Penguin Eggs," an album by Nic Jones. In the early
1980s, Jones was badly hurt in a car crash and has been unable to resume
his career. Since Jones's financial situation is understandably fragile,
many readers were angry at Dylan's appropriating the royalties. I remember
that Jones's manager replied to to the magazine, stating that (a) Dylan was
under no obligation to credit Jones since many people had sung the song,
and (b) there were no royalties involved in arrangement credits for folk
songs. Does anyone know if this latter point is true?
Incidentally, "Penguin Eggs" is a tremendous album, well worth getting
instead of the CD you were thinking of buying. It also includes "Farewell
to the Gold," a song that Dylan sung in November 1992 (called "The Miner's
Song" on the boot "Himself.") It's available on CD.