United Airlines Learns The Hard Way: Never Jerk Around Songwriters

US Especially Songwriters With Video Cameras      08/07/09

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United Airlines is learning, the hard way, that you should never jerk around songwriters.

The above video explains why.

In the spring of 2008, Dave Carroll and Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour. 

As he waited to take off, Carroll witnessed his Taylor guitar being thrown around by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. Later, he discovered that his $3,500 guitar was severely damaged.

United Airlines gave Carroll the run-around for 9 months and refused to do anything about the damage.

So Carroll did what any singer-songwriter would do - he wrote a song about it.

A pretty catchy song.

A pretty catchy song with a music video that's been viewed nearly a quarter million times in just 2 days.

And this is just he beginning.

Carroll notes:

For nine months, the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say no to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world.

Think United Airlines will think twice before jerking around musicians in the future?

James Lewin
Twitter @podcasting_news



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