Mudcat Café message #3344459 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #22617   Message #3344459
Posted By: Steve Gardham
28-Apr-12 - 12:14 PM
Thread Name: Origin: High Germany
Subject: RE: Origin: High Germany
'contracting out' means a deliberate act of commissioning the songs by the people themselves, which is not true. The printers who were receiving the bulk of the income were encouraging the lyricists to bring in their compositions. These were then either sold from the shop, sold in the street by chaunters who bought their stock from the printer at a discount, or taken around the countryside by pedlars who sold them along with their other stock. Of course the printers were also regurgitating old stock, including current pop songs, and pirating material from other printers.