by Alexa West, cohost of ROANOKE Mondays 12am-2am on WGTB
We’re getting political this week in TWIMH. On March 24, 1966 the New York State assembly was the first of many states to outlaw “bootlegs,” or unauthorized copies of records and tapes. Little did they know, Napster and Limewire would soon be coming to enhance the problem, which started out with cheap street-vendors. The conflict between artists and fans intensified, and kids began holding protests for free CDs and free concerts. Many artists—like Metallica—would never stand for performing without revenue, but the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and many other peace-loving artists performed free concerts to appease the crowds.