"Another Brick in the Wall" Royalties (No Who)

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Fri Nov 26 20:57:21 CST 2004


Agent Says Kids From 'Wall' Owed Royalties

Fri Nov 26, 2:31 PM ET

LONDON - Members of the children's chorus who sang on Pink Floyd's 
anti-authoritarian 1979 hit "Another Brick in the Wall" are owed thousands 
in payment, a royalties agent said Friday.

Peter Rowan said he was representing one of the group, Peter Thorpe, in a 
bid for unpaid royalties. Rowan said he hoped other members of the group 
would join the claim for royalties from a fund set up to compensate session 

Two dozen students from Islington Green School in north London sang on the 
chart-topping track from the album "The Wall," which was recorded at a 
nearby studio in 1979.

The song attracted controversy for the chorus sung by the children: "We 
don't need no education/We don't need no thought control/No dark sarcasm in 
the classroom/Teachers, leave them kids alone."

"It was seen as being quite improper, and I think it was raised in 
Parliament that children should have been used for this," said the school's 
current head teacher, Trevor Averre-Beeson.

"The Wall" has sold more than 23 million copies and is the third 
best-selling album of all time, according to the Recording Industry 
Association of America (news - web sites).

The school received a platinum disc and 1,000 pounds in return for the 
children's efforts, but the pupils were not paid.

Rowan said the singers could claim money from a fund established in 1997 to 
give session musicians a percentage of royalties from broadcasts.

"It's a legal right and the money is building up," Rowan said.

"There's probably around 5,000 or 6,000 pounds there already, so they would 
get a few hundred each."

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