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The Sandinista Project — free for one day only!

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UPDATE: The free download is over. Thank you for participating.

Happy Joe Strummer’s birthday

Joe Strummer of the Clash would have been 57 today. So today seems like a good day to give Clash fans a present.

It’s been two years. Does anyone remember The Sandinista Project?

Sandinista Project coverIn May 2007, Abe Bradshaw and the crazy geniuses at 2 Minutes 59 Records let me put out a borderline-insane track-by-track tribute to the Clash’s Sandinista!, with a different artist performing each of the album’s 36 songs. (You can read Abe’s version of the origin myth here.) We received mostly positive reviews from publications ranging from The New York Times to Pasadena Weekly, although someone told me that Robert Christgau hated it. More important, it was a great experience: I got to work with many of my favorite performers and create something.

The Sandinista Project is free for a day

The Sandinista Project didn’t set any sales records. Indeed, the number of copies distributed by unauthorized file-sharing sites was greater than the number we sold. We didn’t undertake the project to make ourselves any money (it was a charity record) so I didn’t mind that it was available everywhere for free. That’s the record biz nowadays. But it did bother me that so many of the versions available on torrenting sites (yes, I downloaded a few; depressing research) sounded like crap. They were encoded at low bit rates and sample rates, sometimes there were digital skips, and there was never any packaging. Guys, if you’re going to steal from us, at least make us look and sound good. Please.

To rectify this situation, for one day only, we’re offering, without charge, 256K versions (in M4A format, which works in iTunes and elsewhere) of every song on the record, as well as one bonus cut and PDFs of the CD booklet and packaging. So now, if you decide to steal this, it won’t sound quite so bad. You’ll still be stealing, but you won’t be stealing junk. And hurry up: this is a 24-hour offer. At midnight Pacific Time tonight, I’m taking down the big file.

UPDATE: The 24 hours is over; thank you all for participating.

Written by guterman

August 20, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Posted in music

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  1. This is the bomb. Thanks!

    daveowczarek

    August 21, 2009 at 9:53 am

  2. […] honor of Strummer’s birthday, these dudes are allowing free downloads of an odd “Sadinista!” tribute album all day today (and […]

    chestysite

    August 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm

  3. […] politics, I was a big fan of the Clash, though I still feel Mick Jones did not get his due. Anyway, this site is offering –free! — an album of covers of the Clash’s “Sandinista!” […]

  4. […] only, you can download the Sandinista Project for […]

  5. […] birthday. In honor of this, The Sandinista Project, a tribute to the Clash, is being offered as a free download, including high quality mp3s of the original CD as well as a bonus track and PDFs of the artwork. “The Sandinista Project […]

    Nippertown!

    August 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

  6. I’d never heard of this before. Thank you. We’re not going to land you with a bandwidth bill if we download from here, are we? Just checking before I start…

    tangledtime

    August 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

  7. […] have been the 57th birthday of one of rock and roll’s giants, Joe Strummer, so the folks at The Sandinista Project have offered a free download of their album for today only. It an astonishing collections of covers […]

  8. […] aquí apoyamos a nuestro hermano José Alejandro Godoy. Hablando de cosas buenas hay que decir que solo por hoy puedes descargar el CD completo de manera gratuita de un proyecto de covers al disco “Sandinista” de The Clash. 36 […]

  9. This is GREATNESS. Thanks much for the freebee … but thanks even more for doing The Sandinista Project in the first place. The Clash is one of my all-time favorite bands and the death of Joe Strummer was a huge loss. This is an excellent tribute. The alternative arrangements of these songs are excellent.

    Anthony

    August 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm

  10. […] Fans, 24 Hours ONLY! Happy Birthday, Joe! The Sandinista Project — free for one day only! Sent to me by an ISTP friend who rocks my face off! Free Sandanista Project downloads! This is a […]

  11. […] any rate, you can download it here, but only until midnight tonight, so get […]

  12. […] for free download (including packaging and liner notes!) until midnight tonight, all courtesy of Mr. Jimmy Guterman and his generous […]

  13. Thx for this, took me back to my high school yrs– you rock!

    pynvy

    August 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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  15. […] The download is only for August 21st, 2009 and you can find that here. […]

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    August 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

  21. […] The Sandinista Project: free for one day only! […]

  22. […] got my own story to tell about free. As regular readers of this space know, last week I made The Sandinista Project available for free for roughly one day. The record went up at 12.01am on Friday and came down around 9am on Saturday. Here are the […]

  23. Hey, my .ZIP file is corrupted! Who can help me? It says it’s 80Meg…should it be more?

    gaygaruda

    August 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    • Should be about 270M. Haven’t heard of any other corrupt files. Anyone else have this problem?

      guterman

      August 28, 2009 at 7:40 pm


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