So we have started the long, long process necessary to try and obtain permission to print the lyrics of PJ Harvey's The Wind in Carya Gish's third novel, The Right Place.
Island Records have answered, so one point for us.
BUT they told us that we needed to contact PJ Harvey's music publisher - so not Island Records - and that for this particular track, there were TWO writers so I had to contact TWO separate companies... I think they were referring to the fact that the song apparently contains portions of "Planet of The Apes" by Jerry Goldsmith - I didn't know that - although I am not sure how this would be linked to permission to print lyrics...
I know this is a bit crazy because we have a sneaky suspicion that 1) It probably won't lead to anything as PJ Harvey is now huge and 2) the price will be so high that it will be impossible for us to print them.
Ideally, we'd like to have the whole song. Realistically, if we are granted permission, it will probably end up being for one stanza of the song, which we'd be more than happy to settle with.
We need to know how much this potentially would be as we might apply for an Arts Council Grant and we have to put a budget together.
We'd be so chuffed to get permission to use the lyrics!
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