September 13, 2002 -
Rowntree downs sticks
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree is to
stand for election to the Musicians' Union's (MU)
governing body because he wants to "fight politically for people
Rowntree is to stand for election for one
of the union's London branches on October 18 and, if successful,
will be installed on November 11.
He told The Stage newspaper that a "loathsome and
vile" letter from the British Phonographic Institute to
record companies had prompted his decision.
Rowntree explained: "The
BPI doesn't represent people in bands. It works with and
is entirely controlled by record companies and quite often their
interests are at odds with bands."
Rowntree, who has been nominated by
Blur's bassist Alex James, added: "If any one
organisation should be well placed to fight for people in bands
it is the Musicians' Union.
"I think it needs to include pop musicians, who
should take a more active role in the MU and the union
should be reflecting their concerns."