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Last thoughts on Woody Guthrie, and Sony Music Entertainment

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Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie may be the best poem ever read aloud. Dylan read the poem 47 years ago today tomorrow on April 12, 1963 at The Town Hall in New York City.

I was hoping to post the video content of the poem here today, but Sony Music Entertainment has blocked the video on YouTube of the poem due to copyright grounds. Sony Music Entertainment is pushing back against groups like YouTube and other social media with its artists. And while I appreciate having to protect the rights of artists, the game has changed and groups like Sony need to recognize the power of promoting their artists in ways that generate more interest, instead of less.

It appears that Sony has now blocked all Bob Dylan songs from YouTube. You can still go on and find a flurry of live material, but not the songs recorded and distributed by Sony themselves. Instead of thousands, possibly millions of people accessing Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie today collectively through blogging and other social media venues, no one gets to enjoy the poem read aloud on that day. Because of its greed, Sony loses out because those viewers are potential customers who may have purchased the song in one form or another if they had viewed it on YouTube. Dumb. It’s the same ignorance that will eventually lead to the collapse of the publishing and newspaper industries if they don’t pull their head out of the sand.

So, instead of watching and listening to Bob Dylan’s Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie, and in honor of Sony Music Entertainment, PoMotion will give free advertising to social media sites like YouTube through this very cool video. Old thinkers, and teachers of the arts, pay attention. The revolution is upon us, and that goes for poetry too.  If you want to make a living as a humble artist, poet (never happen), musician, author, etc., than you best come up with a plan that includes the people, and making your content available in other mediums. Because like it or not, the times are a changing.

Update: If you search today in Google, “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie,” guess what pops up? YouTube videos that have been blocked and this post. For better or worse, an example of social media playing a role. In this case, it’s to bad we can’t listen to the poem.

Posted by Israel Bayer


Written by lickmypoetry

April 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Awesome post Israel. Power to the poets!


    April 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  2. Thanks for this write up.


    April 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

  3. Clarification: Just audio attached to video. Thanks for pointing this out.

    – Israel Bayer


    April 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  4. Sony does not think twice about including rootkits with their software so they have a way of monitering your computer activities. They do not care about protecting your privacy whatsoever.
    That is the main reason I do not purchase anything made by or sold by Sony Corporation at all!!


    April 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

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