The most important 6 seconds in music

This fascinating 18-minute documentary covers the history of the “Amen Break” – used even more than the “Funky Drummer” and “When the Levy Breaks” as ubiquitous samples in hip-hop, dance and rock for the past 30 years. I had no idea that sample dates back to 1969, nor that the performers never saw a penny despite its use on sample CDs such as Jungle Warfare. Before it goes all preachy trying to argue against what he views as excessive copyright protection (personally, I think it should depend on length and context, but I feel the author goes a little overboard trying to convert us to his views), it is a really interesting and informative listen.

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