A question for Sheryl: What do you think about people downloading or trading rare and bootleg songs of yours?
I don't really care if people download rare and bootleg songs because those performances were given to a group of people that were there on that night and if they had any spirit about them and if it's right in the cosmos for those songs to go out and have more life, then I'm okay with that.
I'm one of a dying breed who goes out and tours all the time. Labels don't spend money to send people out to play before they become famous, but we did do that so the fans we have are word of mouth fans who have been travelling around with us for years and they buy the albums. But they are also the ones who go out and get the bootlegs. I don't discourage bootlegging, I like playing live. I don't think it hurts my album sales at all if there are bootlegs out there. Who cares?
- Sheryl Crow
Source: Sheryl Crow official newsletter and Classic Rock Magazine (July 1999 issue)