Johnny Mainstream's song, "Trouble in Memphis," took top prize in Gibson Guitar's Fight For Your Right to Rock Contest, a poke at its troubles with the U.S. government over the Lacey Act.
The contest for best song, best video and best logo was inspired by the federal agent raids of Gibson's guitar plants in Memphis.
Gibson offers the following "background" to contestants, voters and other interested parties: "On August 24, 2011, agents from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service raided Gibson’s facilities in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and seized more than 10,000 guitar fingerboards made from Indian Rosewood along with computers and other records. The US Government claims that Gibson violated the Lacey Act by purchasing and exporting Fingerboards from India. The Lacey Act was amended in 2008 to prevent trafficking in illegally harvested or illegally exported plants and further states that plant materials, like fingerboards, cannot be taken in violation of the laws of another country. Gibson took extra measures to make sure that the fingerboards were legally exportable and even received approval from the Indian Government before purchasing the fingerboards. Gibson has done nothing wrong and firmly believes that the Lacey Act does not give the United States the power to tell another country how to enforce their laws."
Mainstream and many others followed the short and to the point contest rules: "Send us your best song about changing the Lacey Act and the winning submission may end up being used to spread the word."
Gibson did the initial judging and narrowed down the field Mainstream's song was voted tops by visitors to Gibson's website. He won a Customized Gibson Les Paul Standard.
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