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08-12-2003, 10:23 PM
Over the weekend, I listened to the Cousin Brucie Show on the radio while I was down to White Plains, Pat St. John was filled in for Bruce when he was talking about today in music history, "Soul Train" was debuted at a Chicago TV station in 1970. The show is still the longest running R&B and soul dance show in the history of all variety shows. Don Cornelious was the host of the show. That what the show "Soul Train" began to come on board. here's a question. When does the "Soul Train" shows comes out on DVD?
08-13-2003, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by BrooklynGuy78
here's a question. When does the "Soul Train" shows comes out on DVD?
Wow, that's a toughy. To be quite honest, I'd say probably never, mainly because of music rights. I want Solid Gold and American Bandstand on DVD but I just don't think it will happen. It would just cost way too much money to clear all the music rights.
I disovered rthis answer in the Sylvers Yahoo! Group explaining why shows like Soul Train and AB are Not on DVD or anything:
I hate to rain on this idea, but it is not that easy to put shows
on DVD's. Just to produce a Anniversary show you have to get
permission or release forms from all of the parties involved, ALL The
entertainers have to agree and sign a release form, or settle on an
amount of royalties to be paid. Most of the time when a company
releases DVD's the actors, or entertainers have agreed upon a certain
amount to be paid to them for the sales of the DVD. In the case of AB
they would have to not only locate all of the entertainers that were
on the shows but also figure out a fee or residual to be paid to
them, and then figure how many points are to be paid per sale of each
copy. If the DVD has at least ten episodes of AB on it then that
money has to be split by all parties involved. This can get into
lots of research lots of contracts and lots of money, because all
parties may not agree to the contract.
TV shows are easier because you have less people involved, but shows
like AB and Soul Train could be costly and hard to recupe any money
back for the artist involved. Just imagine how little money the
artist would make per DVD, when you think about how little they make
per CD. I really wish Soul Train and AB would just re-air their old
shows on Nick at Nite, and VH1. That would be the most rewarding for
both the fans and all people involved. But then they are still
suppose to pay royalities to the artist and get some type of release
form as well, but it would not be as difficult because they would not
be selling the product just showing it. I hope this helps to explain
why these shows are rarely re-produced to any type of re-sell or mass
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