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Bon Jovi Accused of Ripping Off Song - 08 Rewind


12/29/2008
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Bon Jovi Accused of Ripping Off Song was a top story for August. Enjoy our 2008 news rewind as you read the story again:(antiMusic) Baseball fans are more than likely familiar with the Bon Jovi song "I Love This Town," from the overexposure it has received on behalf of the nation's pastime. But Boston musician Bart Steele says that Bon Jovi stole the tune from him and he's not happy about it. He tells us, "I got raped...my baseball anthem became the baseball promo song for the world...except I got cut out of the deal!" [he later filed a lawsuit]

Boston Magazine recently ran a rather detailed feature story on the controversy, below are a few excepts hitting a few of the key points, followed by a link to read the full article. Before we get to that, listen and decide for yourself.Bon Jovi's song "I Love This Town" - Bart Steele's song "Man, I Really Love This Team".

Excerpts from the Boston Magazine feature: Bart Steele, struggling musician, former stockbroker, lifelong Red Sox fan, wanted a universal tune, one that reached well beyond Fenway Park. So, early in that September of 2004, he decided to distinguish his ditty from every other Sox tribute by giving it a Nashville sensibility and thus, he figured, even broader appeal. - more on this story



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