A songwriter has launched a lawsuit towards the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, alleging that the band’s 2020 standalone single “Living in a Ghost Town” was primarily based on two of his personal compositions.
In courtroom papers filed in a New Orleans courtroom on Friday (March 12), Sergio Garcia – who performs beneath the identify Angelslang – stated the Stones’ monitor was primarily based on “So Sorry” and “Seed of God,” which he wrote in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Billboard reported that the lawsuit stated Jagger and Richards had “misappropriated lots of the recognizable and key protected components” from the older songs, including that these components included “vocal melodies, the chord progressions, the drum beat patterns, the harmonica elements, the electrical bass line elements, the tempos, and different key signatures” from “So Sorry” and the “harmonic and chord development and melody” from “Seed of God.”
Garcia claimed that he’d given a demo CD to “an instantaneous member of the family” of Jagger, and that’s how the band gained entry to the music. “The fast member of the family … confirmed receipt … to the plaintiff by way of e-mail, and expressed that the musical works of the plaintiff and its model was a sound the Rolling Stones can be fascinated with utilizing,” the lawsuit acknowledged, though the e-mail was not included within the paperwork.
“Defendants by no means paid plaintiff, nor secured the authorization for the usage of ‘So Sorry’ and ‘Seed of God,’” it continued. The Stones had not commented at time of writing.
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