Radiohead dodges ransom request by releasing unheard tracks to benefit Extinction Rebellion

After an unknown hacker stole unreleased music from
Grammy-winning Radiohead, the band published 18 hours of private
soundtracks on Bandcamp with the proceeds directly benefiting the
Extinction Rebellion.

The recordings were never intended for the public’s ear;
however, the band was left with little choice other than allowing
the hacker to profit from the stolen recordings. The hacker
requested $150,000 for the full 18 hours. Instead, the band acted
quickly to ensure that the profits from this crime would go toward
helping a radical activist group working on the climate crisis.


Related: In a world first, the UK declares a climate
emergency

The Extinction Rebellion is a U.K.-based group of activists who stage
disruptive protests and acts of civil disobedience in support of
political commitments to stem climate change.

“Instead of complaining — much — or ignoring it, we’re
releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction
Rebellion,” the band’s guitarist, Johnny Greenwood, wrote in a
public statement. He also added a disclaimer that “it’s only
tangentially interesting.”

Radiohead is
immensely popular, with a Grammy award from their 1998 album and
induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year. Their
cult-like fan base is thrilled about the newly released material,
despite its rough cuts. The 18 hours of material includes solo
demos, alternate versions of favorite songs and experimental
tracks.

“A dubiously sourced archive documenting the making of a
momentous album — a fan’s holy grail, an artist’s private
rough drafts and a copyright lawyer’s worst nightmare — was
effectively being held for ‘ransom,’” said Greenwood
of the situation
.

Radiohead’s song Idioteque will also be used for a new
Extinction Rebellion promotional video.
According to the activist group
, “The climate and ecological
emergency demands courage, truth-telling and generosity like never
before. We are so grateful to Radiohead for showing us how that’s
done, both now and in the lead-up to the April rebellion. Words are
inadequate but actions do change the world.”

Via
CNN
,
The Guardian
and
Pitchfork

Image via
Raph PH

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Radiohead dodges ransom request by releasing unheard tracks to benefit Extinction Rebellion