The call has come out, musicians around the world are up in arms regarding the recent Fed raid on Gibson Guitars.
Last week, heavily armed federal agents raided two guitar manufacturing facilities in Tennessee owned by Gibson — one in Nashville, another in Memphis. The feds were not acting on a tip that an al Qaeda cell was holed up in the buildings; or that Mexican drug cartel gangs were lurking inside. It was actually something far more serious; far more serious, that is, to a bunch of federal bureaucrats with nothing better to do.
The Barr Code has it right, “From my cold, dead hands.”
The Wall Street Journal discusses the repercussions of musicians traveling with their instruments:
It’s not enough to know that the body of your old guitar is made of spruce and maple: What’s the bridge made of? If it’s ebony, do you have the paperwork to show when and where that wood was harvested and when and where it was made into a bridge? Is the nut holding the strings at the guitar’s headstock bone, or could it be ivory? “Even if you have no knowledge—despite Herculean efforts to obtain it—that some piece of your guitar, no matter how small, was obtained illegally, you lose your guitar forever,” Prof. Thomas has written. “Oh, and you’ll be fined $250 for that false (or missing) information in your Lacey Act Import Declaration.”
This story has made guitarists start contacting their representatives and the social media campaign put out by Gibson Guitars has been quite effective.
(OK, that’s not their campaign, that’s my slogan. Their slogan/hashtag is #ThisWillNotStand )
According to The Atlantic Wire:
Suddenly, guitar forums typically engrossed in the minutia of fretboards, whammy bars, Led Zeppelin solos, and guitar string gauges became veritable Tea Party town halls.
Now, enough quotes from other people. Here’s the reason for this discussion (as if the title didn’t give it away).
Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitars, is scheduled to be on The Angel Clark Show – Radio Freedom – Friday, September 2, 2011 at 7pm ET.
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