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Hacks hacked off by Roses

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted July 03, 2012
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The nature of Monkey was irrepressible: Ian Brown shows off his new invisible mic. (Check bottom for credit)

In news you probably won't read elsewhere, the Stone Roses have angered snappers thanks to a 'rights grab clause' within their latest photo release form.

According to a press release issued by the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ), any photographer wanting to take snaps at a Stone Roses gig must first sign a contract that prevents them "from supplying images to a wide range of publications unless express permission is first granted by the band – aka Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary Mounfield and Alan Wren".

Numerous photographer groups have vowed to boycott the band's upcoming concerts in protest, the CIoJ reports.

"These contracts are abusive because they stop freelance photographers making money from their own creative work," says CIoJ general secretary Dominic Cooper.

"Given the band's principled approach to other unfairness (they supported the anti-Section 28 concert in May 1988) it is woeful that they have adopted this attitude towards photographers who are trying to earn a crust."

A copy of the photographic contract in question can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The Stone Roses were at the forefront of the 'Madchester' indie/dance crossover thing back in the late 80s and early 90s but their career went off the tracks a bit due to some legal dispute with Geffen Records or something.

Anyway, as you've probably guessed by this point in the article, they're back touring again.

Their most famous songs include Wrote for Luck, Hallelujah and Kinky Afro.

Or was that the Happy Mondays?

One of the two anyway.

Exactly why the band have decided to issue the new photo release form is open to debate.

However, given some of the clothes they used to wear it could be something to do with flares and silly haircuts.

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Top and thumb: Ian Brown by Man Alive!

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