Blur Drummer–Now a Lawyer–Offers Advice to Record Labels If One of Their Artists is Arrested

While Blur was on its long hiatus, drummer David Rowntree didn’t just sit around writing Chinese operas or making cheese. He went back to school to become a lawyer. He’s now a practicing criminal attorney specializing in defense cases. He contributed a guest column to the subscription-only weekly version of the UK trade publication MusicWeek.com on what a label/manager should do if one of their artists is arrested.

1. Tell the artist to shut up and not talk about the allegations.

2. Tell the artist not to speak to anyone about what’s going on until the lawyer arrives. Don’t sign ANYTHING.

3. Make sure the artist asks for a lawyer–independent legal representation.

If you would like to reach David, get him at Kingsley Napley LLP in London.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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