Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Bootlegs of Dune

There aren't many absolutes in life, the most obvious being that death and taxes are unavoidable, and that you should never, ever ask Glenn Danzig to sign bootleg merchandise.

I used to be firmly in Danzig's camp when it came to bootleg recordings. Why should one person make money off another person's work? But a funny thing happened: the bootlegs kept being produced, and Danzig maintained his lack of interest in releasing competitive material. If you wanted a Misfits concert recording you pretty much had to go to the bootleggers (though there was one exception.)

Which is why I don't have much sympathy for folks who let boutique merchandise companies scoop them on product ideas. Capitalism isn't that difficult a concept to grasp, yet so many people (Exhibit A: 99.99 percent of the men and women employed in the music industry) just won't accept that people want products at a good price with the least fuss. And we want it now.

Which brings me to the theme of this post: Dune-inspired clothing available from sources, I'm guessing, that have no legal claim to the name, story, characters or situations from Dune. And I'm good with that. If someone wants to sell some "legitimate" Dune merch, I'll be happy to pay for it. Until then the fans have things firmly in hand.
Click on the links to visit the individual e-stores.

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