Minor Chords 11-27-07

Starbucks Does Video and How the Doors Almost Sold Out

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  • On Dec. 4, Starbucks will offer a $24.99 card that unlocks a digital download of "John Lennon Video Album," an iTunes video package of 21 video performances. After purchase, consumers can watch it on a computer or burn it to a DVD. [Video Business]

  • In a wide-ranging piece about the confluence of rock and commerce, Mark Lepage reports that The Doors were inches away from licensing "Light My Fire" for an ad in 1967 until Jim Morrison put his foot down. [Montreal Gazette]

  • After a nine-year relationship, beer company Carling will not sponsor the Reading and Leeds festivals ("The Carling Weekend" as it is/was known) in the UK next year. This August, the gathering was plagued by ticket malfunctions and soggy weather. [Billboard.biz]

  • Rolling Stone and Camel cigarettes are under fire for an indie rock spread that, some say, blurs the lines between advertising and editorial content. Because the RS portion is illustrated, activists assert that the pieces together violate a 1998 settlement that forbids tobacco companies from using cartoons in ads. [New York Times]

  • Now playing at The Bush in London, Mike Packer's "THe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!" is a play about the titular (fictional) rock band, who must decide whether to license their song "Plastic People" for a credit card commercial. [Guardian Unlimited]
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