The Amen Break is one of the most notorious and seminal drum samples of all time. They probably used it at that lunch time rave you went to the other day. But despite this sample forming a cornerstone characteristic in jungle, drum and bass and hardcore music and being sampled widely in countless tracks in a vast array of genres across the world, the band members never saw a penny in royalties. This is in partly due to changing copyright laws between the 70s – when The Winstons recorded the samples original track ‘Amen Brother’ – and the 90s when the phenomenal prolificacy of using the sample reached full swing.
Now, one campaigner is using crowd funding to provide Richard Lewis Spencer, The Winstons’ vocalist and Saxophonist, with a cash payout to say thanks for the unparalleled impact of The Amen Break on modern music. Martin Webster is using a Go Fund Me page to collect the tribute after hearing a radio interview on BBC1Xtra, in which Spencer requested that people involved “do the right thing” and give something back.
The page has been live less than 48 hours and has already raised over £2100. If you would like to donate please visit http://www.gofundme.com/amenbrother