YORK (www.freefiona.com) Protesters from the Free Fiona Apple
wearing matching red hats, gathered Friday [28 January] at the Sony/BMG
Music headquarters at 550 Madison Avenue
in Manhattan to protest the
witholding of Fiona Apple's third album, "Extraordinary Machine." The
album, completed in May of 2003, has been shelved due to the "lack of
an obvious single," according to the album's producer, Jon Brion.
Protestors traveled from as far away as Europe
45 protesters crowded the narrow sidewalk, chanting, singing, and
giving away stickers and red hats to passers-by. With a wind chill of
-12 degrees Fahrenheit (-24 Celsius), fans braved the freezing weather
for over three hours to show their support. Reporters from the New York
Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and others also dared the cold, taking
pictures and interviewing campaign managers and fans.
The official campaign website, www.freefiona.com
surreptitiously announced a "surprise" for the protest. A 7-feet tall
(2.1 meter) apple facsimile loomed over the crowd, as campaigners
encouraged passers-by to sign their names. Stickers reading "I Signed
the Big Apple" were given away, along with red hats for the signatories.
red hats? "Andrew Lack's office is on the 32nd floor," said Free Fiona
founder Dave Muscato, "and one of the tracks on Fiona's new album is
[allegedly] titled "Red, Red, Red." We want him to look out his window
this afternoon and see the sidewalk crowded with red hats - just to
show how serious we are about supporting our favorite singer."
an age of apathy, it's refreshing to know that people still care enough
to stand out in the freezing cold to show what they believe in," said
Ross Archibald, European Regional Campaign Manager, who flew to New
York from Scotland for the protest.
For the latest news on the
campaign, to participate in the Free Fiona Discussion Forum, or to sign
the petition, visit the campaign website at www.freefiona.com