Southern rockers have 'easy' time on album

ATHENS, Ga., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- After an arduous tour to promote its last album, Georgia rockers Drive-By Trucks had an "extremely easy" time making their latest album.

How the Internet saved Drive By Truckers

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., July 7 (UPI) -- Record industry executives wrestling with the pitfalls and possibilities posed by the Internet could learn an important lesson from the Drive By Truckers.

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The French Quarter Festival, Louisiana's largest free music festival, takes place this weekend with nearly 140 live performances featured throughout the French Quarter, from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue and from Bourbon Street to the Mississippi River
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

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New West Records has signed one of the country's top touring bands, the Drive-By Truckers, and set a June 17 release date for the band's label debut, "Decoration Day."
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Will Smith's lawyers have asked a Los Angeles court for a restraining order against an ex-employee he accuses of stalking and harassing him and his family.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Mike Cooley is an Irish-born engineer and former trade union leader, best known for his involvement in workplace activism at the British company Lucas Aerospace in the late 1970s. In 1981, he was a recipient of the Alternative Nobel Prize. Cooley was born in Tuam, Ireland, and studied engineering in Germany, Switzerland and England. He has held several leadership positions in the field of computer-aided design.

Towards the end of the 1970s, Mike Cooley was a senior designer at Lucas Aerospace, and chaired the local branch of the technical trade union TASS. He was one of the militant activists behind the Lucas Plan , a radical strategy to avoid workforce layoffs by converting production at Lucas from armaments to civilian products.

The vision of the plan was to replace weapons manufacture with the development of socially useful goods, like solar heating equipment, artificial kidneys, and systems for intermodal transportation. The goal was to not simply retain jobs, but to design the work so that the workers would be motivated by the social value of their activities. The proposals of the alternative plan were not accepted by Lucas management and, in 1981, Cooley was dismissed.

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