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Creative License: Steinski’s Rough Mix bursts with songs and artists discussed within Kembrew McLeod & Peter DiCola’s book Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling (published in April 2011 by Duke University Press). It features hundreds of songs and samples mashed together by Steinski, the sonic cut-and-paste artist best known for a hugely influential series of early-1980s twelve-inch singles popularly known as “The Lessons.” Peppered throughout the mix are soundbites from McLeod’s co-produced documentary Copyright Criminals, which was recently rereleased as a box set titled The Funky Drummer Edition. Illegal Art—which issued a double CD retrospective of Steinski’s work, What Does It All Mean?—is hosting a free download of Creative License: Steinski’s Rough Mix. It is available in both FLAC and 320kbs MP3 formats, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Creative License: Steinski's Rough Mix


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