Music: A.F.M.'s Ultimatum

Because radio transcriptions, records and sound tracks make their continuous work unnecessary, 11,000 musicians are permanently unemployed and many more suffer, but not in silence, sporadic layoffs. Long an opponent of "canned" music, author of the first ban on recordings without union sanction was James C. Petrillo, surly boss of the Chicago branch of the American Federation of Musicians. Petrillo's ban lost Chicago musicians $125,000 worth of record and radio dates, but it made Petrillo a Labor hero (TIME, Jan. 4). That he would urge national adoption of the record ban was...

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