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Re: [ARSCLIST] Who Owns the Live Music of Days Gone By? (NY Times 03/12)

King Buscuit Flower Hour was hippy era take off on Sonny Boy Williamson's (Rice Miller's) famous "King Biscuit Flour" program that ran in I think Arkansas in the 30's or 40's. I don't have Robert Palmer's "Deep Blues" at hand right now but it details the Rice Miller program. When DIR Broadcasting or its forebearer developed the King Biscuit Flower Hour, they made a nice play on the name, tying in hippy Flower Power.

BTW, old original King Biscuit Flour sacks and postcards are very collectible if you don't mind seriously racist artwork.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <thorenstd124@xxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Who Owns the Live Music of Days Gone By? (NY Times 03/12)

Does anybody know the history of the names "King Biscuit Flower" vs "King Biscuit Flour",and indeed if the former is still running new programs ? Did they just change the spelling to avoid legal troubles ?

I myself,own six King Biscuit Flower Hour programs.I used to see them fairly regularly in "Goldmine".I tried to sell a couple,in 2002 on eBay,and I was told DIR Broadcasting (Do they still exist ?) wanted them pulled under VeRO rules.The King Biscuit Flower Hour http://www.kingbiscuit.com/ site,says they only broadcast from the archives.

Whatever happened to International Grocers,who actually made the flour ?


"Steven C. Barr(x)" <stevenc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Nolan"

Who Owns the Live Music of Days Gone By?

Published: March 12, 2007

When it began in 1973, the "King Biscuit Flower Hour" was very much of its

First...there is also a major battle about the name, "King Biscuit Flower/ Flour!" The original King Biscuit Flour (the sponsor's name) program was a live blues radio program of the postwar era, featuring "Sonny Boy Williamson" (II-Rice Miller)...broadcast in the Helena, Arkansas area on a low-power station. These days, Helena presents a "blues festival" which, until corporate lawyers intervened, was called the "King Biscuit Flour Festival." The lawyers, of course, felt the festival should pay gazillions of dollars for using the name. Meanwhile, the original King Flour Mills are long since defunct...and didn't assign their name to anybody, insofar as is known! This has generated a "take sides" battle in the world of blues...

Second...since the audio portion of any surviving video/film archives
is probably covered under the current copyright law...which places
sound recordings fixed since 1/1/72 (and previously, albeit indirectly...)
under pseudo-eternal copyright (it currently lapses on 1/1/2067, but
a few pen strokes and an approving vote can extend that for the life
of the planet...) it is possible that the video version could be
legally made available...sans audio! ("We regret being unable to
provide the audio portion of this item, but it is under copyright...").

Meanwhile (in the USA) about 99.9% of "the music of days gone by"
continues in its "dog in the manger" limbo, under the ownership
of huge multinational firms ("You can't reissue it, because it's
ours...and we won't reissue it, because our accounting department
doesn't foresee a large enough profit...!").

Fortunately, my hundred-or-so cassettes I made of live performances
of my blues band back in 1986-88 aren't in dispute...nobody else
WANTS the dommed things...!

Steven C. Barr

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