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John Peel, Chris Brown and Naked Cowboy

By Mike Breen · February 28th, 2012 · Minimum Gauge


Peel Slowly and Hear

It was announced that late British DJ John Peel’s extensive music collection will be digitized and turned into an interactive “online museum.” Peel — who delighted in sharing (and breaking) new artists on his radio program — reportedly held onto 25,000 albums and 40,000 singles … and that’s just the vinyl. The project — set to go live at “The Space” from May-October — will allow anyone to explore Peel’s library, notes, Peel Session performances and more. The BBC (which is assisting in the transfer process) reports that this is the first step in making all of Peel’s collection available. They’re still waiting for that guy in sales to return the C&C Music Factory disc he borrowed in 1992.


Violence Begets Violence

Many of us found it unusual that Pop star Chris Brown was all over the Grammys, considering charges he beat girlfriend Rihanna on Grammys weekend in 2009.

But it probably didn’t inspire bloodlust. Some feel the best response to Brown’s violence is more violence, something everyone from Ghandi to MLK to your mom always warned against. According to Entertainment Weekly, Country star Miranda Lambert — holding a “Take Notes Chris Brown” sign — told fans at a concert, “Where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK. That’s why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun.” Later, Brown allegedly violated parole in an altercation with a female fan and now might go to prison (where he’ll have more to worry about than petite Country singers).  


Naked Injustice?

Cincinnati native Robert Burck — better known as NYC busker The Naked Cowboy — recently had his lawsuit against CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful dismissed. The Hollywood Reporter reported Burck felt the soap infringed on his trademark and “tarnished his reputation” (among other things) after a character was featured briefly playing guitar in skivvies and a cowboy hat. He wanted $1.5 million for the “confusion” it caused, but the judge ruled that the claims (based partly on the scene being tagged “naked cowboy” on YouTube) was “non-trademark use” and that singing stupid songs in undies and a hat doesn’t qualify as “infringement” … to the great relief of 5-year-old boys everywhere.  



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