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不向黑客妥协,传奇乐队公开全部被盗音频

David Meyer 2019年06月16日

电台司令乐队决定自己把这些唱片发布出去,将卖的钱用于救灾。

2018年7月11日,纽约市麦迪逊广场花园,电台司令乐队的艾德·奥布莱恩、汤姆·约克、菲利普·塞尔韦、约翰尼·格林伍德正在表演。图片来源:Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic /Getty Images

如果一支传奇乐队有18个小时的珍贵历史录音被人偷走了,犯罪分子威胁索要高额赎金才不将它公布出去,这时应该怎么办?

如果你是电台司令乐队(Radiohead),答案就很简单了:自己把这些唱片发布出去,卖的钱用来支持对抗自然灾害。

电台司令乐队的吉他手约翰尼·格林伍德于6月11日在Facebook上发贴称,上周有人从乐队主唱汤姆·约克那里偷走了一张小型磁盘,并向乐队索要15万美元的“保密费”。你可能想问,为什么电台司令还在用磁盘这么古老的东西保存自己的作品,这是因为磁盘里的很多录音录像都来自于该乐队1997年的珍贵专辑《OK Computer》。

电台司令乐队表示:“我们没有抱怨,也没有忽视这个问题,而是把所有18个小时的音视频资料都放在了音乐网站Bandcamp上,用于支持‘反抗灭绝’运动。我们从来没有打算让公众消费这些内容(虽然有些片断确实出现在了再版的《OK Computer》专辑中)。这件事只是挺有意思的。”

电台司令乐队的死忠粉们则并不认为这是一件小事。尤其是据说约克还在一段录音中展示了B-Box技能。据说相关音视频资料将以每份18英镑(23美元)的价格公开发售18天。

What’s a legendary band to do when hackers steal 18 hours of old recordings and demand a fat ransom to not release them?

If you’re Radiohead, the answer is simple: release them yourself, with the proceeds going to the fight against the climate emergency.

As guitarist Jonny Greenwood explained on June 11 in a Facebook post, someone stole the minidisk archive of singer Thom Yorke last week and demanded $150,000 to keep it under wraps. If you’re wondering why the now-ancient technology of minidisks is involved, that’s because the demos and out-takes date back to the time around 1997’s seminal OK Computer album.

“Instead of complaining—much—or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion,” Radiohead said. “Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it’s only tangentially interesting.”

Radiohead’s legion of diehard fans might disagree on that point, particularly as one recording reportedly features Yorke beatboxing. The recordings will be on sale for 18 days, at the price of £18 ($23).

2018年12月15日,汤姆·约克在旧金山表演。图片来源:Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

“反抗灭绝”运动是欧洲的一些环保分子发起的运动,最近几个月在伦敦等地颇有影响力。一些环保人士以略显极端的方式,把自己用胶粘在街头的公共设施上,甚至是伦敦证券交易所的入口处。

在瑞典环保人士格雷塔·桑伯格(位列今年《财富》最伟大领袖排行榜第6名)的支援下,“反抗灭绝”运动以略显极端的方式,令公众和政界终于关注到科学家的警告——环境的恶化已经接近不可逆的程度。在今年4月的抗议之后,英国议会终于宣布进入气候变化紧急状态。

“反抗灭绝”组织在一份声明中称:“‘反抗灭绝’感谢电台司令乐队的支持,感谢他们将《OK Computer》磁盘的销售收入捐给了世界各地的‘反抗灭绝’运动。”

电台司令乐队并非演艺圈首个被黑客攻击的对象。2014年,麦当娜有6首单曲不得不提前发布,就是因为网上显然已经出现了盗版。(财富中文网)

译者:Min

Extinction Rebellion (sometimes styled as XR) is an environmentalist movement that has gained prominence in recent months through disruptive protests in London that saw activists gluing themselves to street furniture and the entrance to the London Stock Exchange.

Together with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (No. 6 on this year’s Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders list), XR has done much to draw public and political attention to scientists’ warnings that environmental degradation is nearing the point of no return. Following the April protests, the U.K. Parliament declared a climate change emergency.

“Extinction Rebellion would like to thank Radiohead for their gift and gesture of support in donating the proceeds of the OK Computer Minidisc Bandcamp to Extinction Rebellion around the world,” the group said in a statement.

Radiohead isn’t the first musical act to fall victim to hackers. In 2014, Madonna released six tracks ahead of schedule because apparently hacked demos had surfaced online.

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