quote 21:24:00 Tomorrow Never Knows” is a particularly interesting song to examine from a rights perspective. It’s credited to the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney, but it was written by Lennon, or rather it was Lennon who came up with the ten or so repeated sonorous notes. The actual words were adapted from The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was co-written by Timothy Leary (among others). But the passages used are from the Bardo Tholo, an 8th Century Buddhist funerary text attributed by tradition to Padmasambhava. So who ultimately wrote the lyrics? Musically, the importance of the song is not its (barely-present) melody or its droning harmonic structure, but its use of audio loops, a technique borrowed from Stockhausen. McCartney was interested in the avant-garde approach but it was George Martin and several EMI technicians that actually got it to work. So who ultimately made the song? And which amongst them will receive a portion of the $250K?
John McCoy on Pathetic Fallacy in Surrender to the void, a post about the $250k fee demanded by the Beatles (or rather, the holders of their rights, given half of them are dead). It’s probably worth reading it in context (it’s a short post) but I loved the web of creativity listed here.