Are Sir Mick and Sir Bob Linked to Plagiarism?
Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Bob Geldof, and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner are just some of the high-profile entertainment figures linked to apparent extensive plagiarism from the website of an underground independent band at www.cosmicstoryteller.com, home of Unicorn and its long lost album, The Cosmic Storyteller.
This week’s premier on VH1 of Rock Legends: Platinum Weird contains dozens of ideas and a storyline that appear to have been swiped from Unicorn’s website. Platinum Weird’s record label has used Unicorn’s story to reinvent the career of rock star Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.
The VH1 Special features such other celebrities as Elton John, Ringo Starr, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, and Kelly Clarkson applying Unicorn’s story and caché to Platinum Weird. Were the celebrities in on it or were they duped?
Unicorn is said to have recorded its masterpieces more than 30 years ago and disappeared from view. Platinum Weird, which according to the L.A. Times recorded its music earlier this year, suddenly has the same story.
Unicorn has been working on a movie about itself since 2000, so the cosmicstoryteller.com site has long featured documentary style celebrity interviews, psychedelia, historic artifacts, and stock footage, all imitated by Platinum Weird. Unicorn’s discovery at a celebrity party, chaotic performances, mystery disappearance, unreleased musical masterpiece “lost recordings,” use of sitars, and spooky spirituality are just some of the themes now comprising Platinum Weird’s story.
If Sir Mick, Dave Stewart and the rest of them weren’t in on the scam, they are owed apologies from the marketers responsible for making them complicit in a rip-off.