Cease And Desist!
On November 12, 1998, I received a letter by certified mail from the Dixie Chicks'
attorneys, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.
This bizarre occurence initiated a chain of events that is still unfolding! As newsworthy
events occur, I'll document them here.
- November 12, 1998: The Letter
The Cease And Desist letter arrives by certified mail.
Read the letter, with my comments in the margins (of course!)
- November 18, 1998: My Response
My capitulation to their demands.
- Late November: Online Nashville Insiders take note
Both Stacy Harris and Angie McIsaac wrote
a few paragraphs about the situation in their respective online Insider Reports.
Since these reports are transitory -- here one week, gone the next -- I've copied them
here for posterity. Go to Stacy's or
Angie's archived comments on my
Press Clippings page.
- December 10, 1998: Dallas Observer Feature Article
The Dallas Observer has long been known for its brutally honest
reporting on the local scene -- whether it be Dallas politics, food, or music.
In March, 1998, music editor Robert Wilonsky wrote
a prophetic article
on the band's success, concluding that "The Dixie Chicks are
now Nashville Women, not so different from the other product
Music City produces and reduces every day."
When my legal troubles caught the attention of the Observer, music reporter
Zac Crain interviewed me about the situation for the better
part of an hour. I expected maybe a small blurb about the letter, or maybe a few paragraphs
in the Street Beat column. Instead, Crain wrote five full-length columns spread over
three pages, dedicating the
entire Street Beat section
to what he saw as
the Dixie Chicks' rejection of their history... with the legal attack
on my site as merely a symptom of a larger problem.
Even if you skip the letter itself, don't miss this article, which includes responses by attorney
John C. Beiter and Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw.
Ironically, this article was published
on December 10, 1998... almost exactly a year after the Chicks put out
the final issue of the 3000-subscriber
- December 11, 1998: A "New Chicks" Fan's Rebuttal
Not everone agrees with the Observer's opinion, of course.
Stephen, one of the regulars on the
Dixie Chicks fan discussion list,
sent an insightful rebuttal of many of the Observer's assertions. Check it out!
- December 11, 1998: Dallas' Young Country 105.3
Katie Pruitt, midday DJ at Dallas' popular Young Country station,
put a few paragraphs about the Observer article on the station's home page,
in the Gossip section. Like the Nashville insider columns, it's gone now, but I've saved it on
my Press Clippings page.
- January 13, 1999: All-Inclusive moves to dixiechicks.com
Stay tuned for the latest developments! This
on domain names may prove to be a valuable reference.
- More to Come!
I've recieved quite a bit of email from Old Chicks fans interested in
the situation. I'll be posting messages specific to the legal situation here in the future, and I'll
also be able to add several entries to my
when I have time.
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