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Event Calendar

Feb 20

Center for Humanities Monday Night Lecture Series (David Lowery)

06:00 pm

David Lowery, University of Georgia ARTIST LEVELLERS AND DIGITAL DIGGERS The argumentsagainst intellectual propertyare really old, boring, and ultimatelyregressive. So why are they suddenly in vogue with an intellectual elite? David Lowery is a mathematician, writer, artists rights advocate, musician, producer and serial entrepreneur based in Athens GA. While studying mathematics and computers at the University of California Santa Cruz in the early 1980s, Lowery founded the critically acclaimed ensemble Camper Van Beethoven and associated record label Pitch-a-Tent Records. With these two entities, he helped jump start the Indie Rock movement. In 1991, Lowery moved on to the ensemble Cracker, which produced five, top ten alternative/rock radio tracks and three platinum albums. During this time he produced a variety of albums, including albums for critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists, such as The Counting Crows, Magnolia Electric Company and Sparklehorse. Lowery began teaching the economics and finance of the music business at the University of Georgia in 2011. He is now a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Higher Education at University of Georgia. In 2012 with a few like-minded entrepreneurs, he helped establish The Athens Angel Investment Fund and separately he is an investor and advisor for the popular music instrument online marketplace Reverb.com. Lowery is one of the key writers for www.thetrichordist.com . This blog examines Artists Rights in the digital age. Two of Lowerys lengthy blogs have gone viral: Letter to Emily White Intern at NPR All Songs Considered And Meet the New Boss, Worse than the Old Boss? He has become an outspoken critic of technology companies for unfair treatment of songwriters and has been featured in the NY Times. Washington Post, LA Times, Business Week and on CNN. In Dec 2015 he launched class action lawsuits against Spotify and Rhapsody for apparent failure to pay a large class of songwriters. He has testified to House Judiciary Committee as well as submitted written testimony on copyright reform. Lowery is still active with both his bands. In the last 5 years he has released a solo album The Palace Guards (2011); two Camper Van Beethoven albums La Costa Perdida (2013) and El Camino Real (2014 ); a critically acclaimed Cracker double disk set Berkeley to Bakersfield (Dec 2014) and limited edition dramatico-musical work Conquistador (Aug 2016). Lowery is married to Velena Vego a concert promoter and artist manager of some note. Together they own a number of other music related businesses.

Center for Humanities Monday Night Lecture Series (David Lowery)

06:00 pm

David Lowery, University of Georgia ARTIST LEVELLERS AND DIGITAL DIGGERS The argumentsagainst intellectual propertyare really old, boring, and ultimatelyregressive. So why are they suddenly in vogue with an intellectual elite? David Lowery is a mathematician, writer, artists rights advocate, musician, producer and serial entrepreneur based in Athens GA. While studying mathematics and computers at the University of California Santa Cruz in the early 1980s, Lowery founded the critically acclaimed ensemble Camper Van Beethoven and associated record label Pitch-a-Tent Records. With these two entities, he helped jump start the Indie Rock movement. In 1991, Lowery moved on to the ensemble Cracker, which produced five, top ten alternative/rock radio tracks and three platinum albums. During this time he produced a variety of albums, including albums for critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists, such as The Counting Crows, Magnolia Electric Company and Sparklehorse. Lowery began teaching the economics and finance of the music business at the University of Georgia in 2011. He is now a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Higher Education at University of Georgia. In 2012 with a few like-minded entrepreneurs, he helped establish The Athens Angel Investment Fund and separately he is an investor and advisor for the popular music instrument online marketplace Reverb.com. Lowery is one of the key writers for www.thetrichordist.com . This blog examines Artists Rights in the digital age. Two of Lowerys lengthy blogs have gone viral: Letter to Emily White Intern at NPR All Songs Considered And Meet the New Boss, Worse than the Old Boss? He has become an outspoken critic of technology companies for unfair treatment of songwriters and has been featured in the NY Times. Washington Post, LA Times, Business Week and on CNN. In Dec 2015 he launched class action lawsuits against Spotify and Rhapsody for apparent failure to pay a large class of songwriters. He has testified to House Judiciary Committee as well as submitted written testimony on copyright reform. Lowery is still active with both his bands. In the last 5 years he has released a solo album The Palace Guards (2011); two Camper Van Beethoven albums La Costa Perdida (2013) and El Camino Real (2014 ); a critically acclaimed Cracker double disk set Berkeley to Bakersfield (Dec 2014) and limited edition dramatico-musical work Conquistador (Aug 2016). Lowery is married to Velena Vego a concert promoter and artist manager of some note. Together they own a number of other music related businesses.