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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
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Truth In Music Brings Rock Icon To Colorado
(2008-02-12)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Colorado lawmakers dealt with a rather weighty subject Monday.
They heard testimony on the so called "Truth in Music" law.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports:

BOWZER: MY NAME IS JON BAUMAN, I'M ALSO KNOWN AS BOWZER, FROM THE GROUP SHA NA NA, I CAN PROVE THAT, AH.....(laughter) PROOF ENOUGH... LET ME GET MY CAMERA OUT....
With his right fist razed, his left fist clenched and his mouth agape, Bowzer struck his famous pose to establish his credentials before a hearing of the Colorado House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.
Jon Bauman is also National Chairman of the National Truth in Music Committee of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
That group is battling the surge in counterfeit groups touring the country claiming to be the real McCoy.
Think Platters, Coasters and Drifters...who recently played at the Community Concert Hall.
Were they the real thing.
Bauman told lawmakers they weren't.
BOWZER: THEY'RE TAKING THE PUBLIC'S MONEY WHICH IS BAD ENOUGH. THEY'RE TAKING THE AUTHENTIC ARTISTS MONEY, WHOSE SITTING AT HOME WANTING TO WORK THAT NIGHT, AND THEY'RE TAKING THEIR LEGACY, THEY'RE SHAMELESS, THEY'RE ALSO QUITE SHAMELESS ABOUT THE WAY THEY PRESENT. THEY'LL NEVER TELL YOU THEY'RE NOT THEM, AND IF YOU HAND THEM AN ALBUM COVER TO SIGN, THEY'LL SIGN IT.
So, how does the bill correct the problem, while protecting legitimate performers?
BOWZER: THE BILL SAYS YOU NEED TO HAVE A MEMBER, IN ORDER TO STOP DECEIVING THE PUBLIC, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MEMBER OF THE RECORDING GROUP IN THE PERFORMING GROUP, SO THE PUBLIC IS AT LEAST ENTITLED TO SEE SOMETHING, SOME CONNECTION TO THAT GROUP THAT ALSO HAS A LEGAL CONNECTION TO THAT GROUP.
Performers could also represent themselves as a salute or tribute to artists, and thus not run afoul of the law.
Greeley Democrat State Representative Jim Riesberg is sponsoring the measure.
RIESBERG: THIS IS A GOOD CONSUMER PROTECTION BILL THAT IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT ALSO PROTECTS THE WONDERFUL GROUPS AND ARTISTS THAT DEFINE GENERATIONS FROM THE 50'S, 60'S AND 70'S. YOU'RE EITHER A MEMBER OF THE GROUP YOU SAY YOU ARE, OR YOU'RE NOT, AND THE CONSUMERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW THE TRUTH.
The Truth in Music law has been adopted in 18 states.
Colorado could become the 19th, if the bill passes the house, then the senate, and wins Governor Ritter's approval.
Bowzer incidentally, has a lot at stake.
He presently promotes "Bowzer's Rock and Roll Parties" and "Bowzer's Doo Wop Parties" featuring groups from the 50's, 60's and 70's.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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