You write that an artist's telling people not to buy his/her stuff "is usually due to the artist's belief that the material . . . has fallen into the clutches of an evil musical overlord via some less-than scrupulous Byzantine law of recording contracts. But with . . . Moondance . . . none of that seems to be the case."
But then you quote Van Morrison saying, "My management company at that time gave this music away 42 years ago, and now I feel as though it's been stolen from me again."
So . . . it does seem to be the case that . . . well, see my 1st graph.
Village Voice used to report stuff and get it right. Now it's just an effing marketing tool spreading its tentacles via email and "social" media.
Ruggiero -- and VV editors -- why don't you address Van the Man's concerns and claims?
You used to be a counterculture publication. Now you're a corporate whore.
Norman Mailer is rolling in his grave.