A Note On the Artwork for Godspeed You! Black Emperor's
Yanqui U.X.O.

The back panel of both the CD and LP jackets contain a chart linking four major record labels to their respective holdings in the military industrial complex.

Extensive internet research was conducted to compile and confirm the information contained in the chart.  These pages and documents can be accessed from the chart graphic itself and also through the text version of the chart.

The band understood there to be at least four major record labels (AOL Time- Warner, BMG, Sony, and Vivendi Universal), and was unsure as to the ownership of EMI.  Searches unearthed dozens of stories relating to the merger between AOL Time-Warner and EMI.  Overlooked were other stories detailing the halting of the merger by a European Union commission charged with its assessment.

While several people undertook fact checking on the various linkages to military ventures, the basic ownership of EMI was not examined further.  Consequently, EMI appears on the chart as a subsidiary of AOL Time-Warner when in fact and as of this writing, it continues to comprise a company separate from the other four majors (albeit one which has embarked on many co-ventures with several of these record companies).

Godspeed and Constellation are kicking their own sorry asses over the inclusion of this factual error and while the initial print and record run has already been dispersed to many parts of the world pending its release in early November, any subsequent printings will have the error rectified.

For consistency, the artwork will continue to appear on the Constellation web site in its original form until such time as the actual jacket artwork has been altered.
 

Constellation
October 12, 2002
 


 

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