Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: A weird protest against illegal file-sharing

Twenty years ago, the recorded music industry and a lot of artists were freaking out about illegal file-sharing. So much money was being lost to music piracy and there was plenty of pressure on politicians around the world to do something about the situation.

A Norwegian black metal band called Enslaved decided to escalate things. They staged a stunt where they stole a sheep from Lars Sponheim, the leader of the Norwegian Liberal Party, and someone who advocated or the legalization of downloading music from the Internet.

In the televised theft, it looked as if two members of the band were making off with one of Sponheim’s sheep, but it was actually a stunt sheep which was borrowed from a local farmer.

No actual sheep were harmed and Enslaved (along with their supporters in the Artists Association of Norway) made their point.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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