28 Ottobre 2006 alle 15:03 #1783AnonimoOspite
Le canzoni (o una canzone)dei Nirvana come colonna sonora(in uno dei quattro episodi) del Telefilm che andrà in onda in America a partire da novembre e questo grazia anche alla collaborazione di Krist e Dave:
Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s legacy has lived on almost exclusively through the band’s recordings, his published journals and, of course, the influence he has had on waves of rock musicians since his suicide in 1994.
That makes sense. While it is now commonplace for musicians to make money by selling their work for use in television shows, movies and advertising campaigns, it’s hard to imagine someone less likely to go down that route than Cobain. The cynical cover of Nirvana’s 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind featured a swimming baby approaching a dollar bill attached to a fishing line. And when Rolling Stone put Nirvana on its cover the following year, Cobain appeared wearing a T-shirt that declared, “Corporate Magazines Still Suck.”
Yet Cobain’s music may end up in the service of marketers after all. His widow, Courtney Love, has sold a 25% stake in Nirvana’s song catalog to Primary Wave Music Publishing. And with Love’s blessing, Primary Wave is exploring licensing opportunities for Cobain’s music.
“We believe if we say yes to the right things, we can do both–make money and do the right thing for the catalog,” says Love’s manager Peter Asher.
Even before the Primary Wave deal earlier this year, Love and Asher made a couple of forays into licensing. Two versions of the Nirvana song “All Apologies” were used last year in an episode of the HBO drama Six Feet Under, and the band’s song “Something In the Way” was used in the 2005 film Jarhead.
Next up, with the assistance of Primary Wave, is the hit CBS police drama CSI: Miami, which will prominently feature several Nirvana recordings in an episode scheduled to air in November. Primary Wave is also considering other licensing pacts leading up to the 20th anniversary of Sub Pop Records’ 1989 release of Bleach, Nirvana’s first album.
Primary Wave Chief Executive Lawrence Mestel, former chief operating officer and general manager of Virgin Records, says he expects most licensing deals for Nirvana songs will be with the producers of movies and TV shows. But he adds that Primary Wave will also consider doing advertising deals if the right partners emerge.
“You will never see Kurt Cobain’s music in a fast-food hamburger advertisement – that won’t ever happen,” Mestel says. “We’re looking at things that relate to cutting-edge technologies, products that are green and eco-friendly, products that Kurt would have liked to have his music represented by.”
In marketing materials that the company presents to prospective customers, Primary Wave pitches Cobain as an influential music icon with broad appeal.
“To Gen X, Cobain was their voice,” the pitch reads. “To the Boomers, he was a revolutionary and to Gen Y, he is as iconic as James Dean, Che Guevara and John Lennon.”
Primary Wave’s plans come at a moment of evolving recording industry priorities and shifting consumer attitudes toward the commercial use of popular music.
For record companies such as Universal Music Group, parent of Nirvana’s label Geffen, selling music to consumers used to be their all-consuming task. But in the new digital age of file sharing and music downloads, sales of prerecorded compact discs continue to erode, prompting the industry to make more aggressive use of licensing deals to bring in desperately needed revenue.
At the same time, consumers have become more accepting of hearing their favorite artists’ music being used for commercial purposes. Music by rock legends such as the Rolling Stones and the Who have been used in TV commercials for years. More recently, recording artists as diverse as Jay-Z, U2, Britney Spears and John Mayer have had their music featured in ads for Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Pepsi and Volkswagen, respectively.
“It used to be, ‘Oh, he sold out,”’ Asher says. “Now it’s, ‘Oh cool, they’re using my favorite band.”’
Nonetheless, the commercial use of Nirvana’s music might come as a bit of a shock to long-time fans familiar with the band’s public stands against commercialism. Primary Wave’s Mestel argues that this attitude is “the essence of what we’re trying to protect. We’re really trying to balance these concerns with the concerns of bringing this music to a new generation of kids.”
Primary Wave approached CSI: Miami music supervisor P.J. Bloom in August about the possibility of using Nirvana songs in an episode of the show, one of the most popular programs on television, both in the U.S. and overseas.
As it happens, the 37-year-old Bloom is an avid Nirvana fan who followed the band from its early days before it broke big nationally. After Bloom quickly warmed to the idea, he asked Primary Wave to make sure that all those with an interest in the deal — Geffen, Love, former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl and their managers — were all supportive of the concept.
Once that was secured, both sides laid down some basic ground rules. Primary Wave stipulated that the episode using Nirvana music not feature any suicide or drug-addiction themes — Cobain famously struggled with heroin. Bloom, in turn, insisted that CSI: Miami have exclusive TV rights to Nirvana songs until the episode airs.
“Once I had that exclusive opportunity on paper, I was able to go to the producers and ask, ‘Hey, what about writing an episode around Nirvana songs?'” Bloom recalls. “And they bit.”
Bloom declined to disclose the plot of the episode, saying only that it involves “evil military recruiters.” The show tentatively plans to use four Nirvana songs, with the 1992 hit single “Come As You Are” serving as “the tent-pole song,” Bloom says. However, the exact number of songs and how much the show’s producers will pay to use them hasn’t been finalized.
Bloom says he’s aware that the use of Cobain’s songs on a TV show might rankle some fans.
“It’s going to happen with or without me,” he says. “They should find solace in the fact that it’s a true Nirvana fan that’s behind the wheel. [The show] will use the music in a way that maintains Kurt’s legacy and keeps that intact. I wouldn’t do it any other way.”
Asher agrees. “If a hundred kids in Thailand watch [a TV show featuring Nirvana’s music] and think, ‘Wow, who’s that?’ then we’ve accomplished our mission,” he says.
The challenge for Primary Wave will be to increase the value of its holdings without doing so in a way that overexposes or compromises the spirit of the music, Mestel says.
“Even though the financial opportunity may be fantastic, if it doesn’t enhance the value of the music, we won’t do it,” he says.30 Ottobre 2006 alle 18:24 #13863SmokeWhisperPartecipante
speriamo che non sia uno sputtanamento!! ovunque imperversa Smells Like Teen Spirit, come fosse un passepartout utilizzato da tutti e ovunque, fregandosene di chi siano i Nirvana e utilizzandoli solo per identificarsi in un “coro mondiale”… ho visto jarhead, e something in the way era semplicemente perfetta, ma in un telefilm… bah… tanto nei confronti del music-business non si può fare molto, purtroppo… ico1528 Maggio 2007 alle 22:43 #13865
..l’ultimo poi vado…son tutti invitanti questi forum!!!!
beh non sarà la prima volta…mia madre un 2 o 3 anni fa quando ero ancora alle superiori vedeva su italia 1 una mamma per amica (prima che sky cuccasse i diritti…) e di punto in bianco in un momento del telefilm ho sentito the man who sold the world…29 Maggio 2007 alle 12:19 #13864MaryCobainPartecipante
qualche anima pia che mi dice che c’è scritto in poche parole non h voglia di leggere tutto ico03 …. please ico09 …29 Maggio 2007 alle 20:22 #13861AnonimoOspite
cech84 – 29/5/2007 12:43 AM
..l’ultimo poi vado…son tutti invitanti questi forum!!!!
beh non sarà la prima volta…mia madre un 2 o 3 anni fa quando ero ancora alle superiori vedeva su italia 1 una mamma per amica (prima che sky cuccasse i diritti…) e di punto in bianco in un momento del telefilm ho sentito the man who sold the world…
Vabbè quel telefilm era pieno di buona musica,anche se credo si riferissero alla versione originale di Bowie29 Maggio 2007 alle 20:32 #13866
no no credimi era la versione dei nirvana… ico02 è inconfondibile ico0329 Maggio 2007 alle 20:34 #13862AnonimoOspite
cech84 – 29/5/2007 10:32 PM
no no credimi era la versione dei nirvana… ico02 è inconfondibile ico03
quella che misero come sottofondo,alla fine della puntata,a me sembrava l’originale,ma vabbè…30 Maggio 2007 alle 16:17 #13867
ora mi fai venire i dubbi…vabbè non è una notizia da prima pagina..viviamo lo stesso!! a meno che non facciamo un referendum su quale delle due versioni era ico08 no scherzo..e che oggi sono di ottimo umore..ho finito alle 16.30 di lavorare…e son sempre piu convinto di cambiare lavoro!!
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