Bruce Gowers made music history when he directed the 1975 video for Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” – but he said he recently began to feel like he was owed more than just the $1,100 he was initially paid for his work.
Gowers is regarded as having launched the entire music video industry when he was given a budget of £3,500 and shot the promotional film in four hours. His cut was £500 (approximately $1,140 then, estimated $5,350 today) and its success led to a career that included work with Kiss, Genesis, Prince, Rod Stewart and many others, along with a Grammy and three Emmy awards.
However, Gowers realized when he saw Queen perform with Adam Lambert in 2017 that they’d continued to use his video, without ever having paid him any more money. “They’ve been using my video for 40 years and they’ve never paid me a dime,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying in a new interview. “I could potentially take legal action now. It is used every time they perform onstage and I get nothing.”
– Excerpt from an article written by the Martin Kielty for Ultimate Classic Rock. Find the full article here.
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