A LETTER TO LOU REED ( please deliver my message to Mr.
Reed ! )
Dear Mr. Reed,
My name is Fabio Del Toro. I am the president of the Circolo di Cultura
Musicale "Sing Sing”, a non-profit organization which aims to develop
and divulge musical awareness and culture in Siena and Arezzo ( Italy
I do not know if you are aware of the fact that you and other artists
are currently suing me, and the association that I represent, for
$1.000.000. This matter has been going on since April 2000.
I cannot believe that an artist like you can be opposed to what we are
doing and I have the feeling that our organization might have been
misrepresented to you.
I am politely asking you to read this letter in order to give you a
closer look to the matter and draw your own conclusions. I of course
know that you are a very busy person, but I believe that you also know
the importance of music and the positive influence it has.
I will try to explain in a few lines what we do and who we are:
I presume that you are familiar with the Public Library system of New
York. We function in a similar way. We have members, who in return of
an annual membership fee and other voluntary contributions, have access
to a variety of music and other multimedia, which encompasses
mainstream and less known artists. They can listen to the music in the
Circolo’s premises or take it home, listen to it and return it. We are
not a for-profit business who follows a “Blockbuster” model.
We do not understand why you, other artists, and record companies have
the impression that we are big criminals who are causing immense
damages to artists and record companies. Our mission is to give access
to music to everyone in a country where access to music has become a
privilege for the few who can afford it.
Since you are touring Italy, the association I represent and I would
like to have a chance to hear from you or, even better, meet you in an
informal way to show what we really are doing. Should your schedule
allow it, Mr. Reed, you are warmly invited to visit us and can judge by
yourself if what we are doing deserves to be “punished” or if it is a
legitimate way to give access to music to the people. Knowing the
artist you are, and the cultural background you have, we are confident
that you will not ignore us.
We want to assure you, that we by no means want to include a possible
contact with you in the ongoing legal dispute. We are a little
association with little means and have a giant adversary ready to crush
us. Our only hope is a little humanity, talking to the artists and
asking them if it is really their intent to fight us, or if it is a
battle started by the record companies without their knowledge. The
right to see our accusers or a way to contact them has been denied to
us in court. I don’t want to bother you with all the details, unless
are interested in this matter. I will gladly provide further details,
like a copy your power of attorney, to prove that this is not a
stratagem of a fan or deranged person to meet you.
Thank you for your attention, Mr. Reed. I hope that we will have a
chance to talk or meet.
Fabio Del Toro