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MUSIC NOTES: Napster vs. Rage

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

The battle on the Internet rages on.

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello took matters into his own hands when he found out that fans of his band were being kicked off Napster by the band’s record company when they were caught downloading their new album “Renegades.”

Morello quickly posted a letter on the band’s Web site www.ratm.com calling the move by Sony Music “a horrible mistake” and saying: “[We] sincerely apologize to all of our fans who were kicked off Napster for downloading 'Renegades,'" Reuters reports.

Sony’s move, no doubt, was to guard itself from lost sales of “Renegades,” which hit stores last Tuesday. Those who attempted to download Rage songs received a message that read, “Denied Access By Sony/Rage_Mach.”

"The move to take action against Rage fans was taken completely unilaterally by our new management," Morello wrote. "In their zeal to keep the record from getting out before the release date, they did not consult the band before instructing Sony Music Corp. to institute the Napster ban. As soon as I was made aware of this horrible mistake on their part, I immediately phoned our management and the record company to see what we could do to get our Napster-using fans reinstated as soon as possible.”

His posting did help quell frustration by some Rage fans who had begun to lash out against the band after receiving the message.

VOWS TO REMEMBER: They can write their own ticket. So why stop at wedding vows?

Reuters is reporting that Madonna and husband-to-be Guy Ritchie will write their own vows when they tie the knot Dec. 22 in Scotland.

Susan Brown, the woman who will marry couple, has given the pair free reign with the ceremony. Brown is also known as “Holy Spice” for her modern approach to religion.

``They have chosen to make their own vows, and I'm quite happy with that as long as what they want is in reason,'' she said.

The ceremony is expected to be quite the media circus, with camera crews parked nearby to cover the star-studded event. Tourist officials from the area believe that the event could give Scotland as big a tourist boost as Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning ''Braveheart.''

IT'S HIS FIRST TIME! He’s used to mobs around him, but not with books in their hands. Paul McCartney will undertake the first book signing of his career on Wednesday to promote his new book “Paul McCartney Paintings,” in London’s Waterstone’s bookstore, The Associated Press reports.

"I'm very proud of this book and happy to sign copies at Waterstone's,” McCartney said. “This is a good way for me to meet people. I've never done a signing before, but it's a nice way of saying hello."

The book contains nearly 100 original paintings the musician has produced since he started painting in the early 1980s.

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