A&M Records Files Lawsuit Over Ownership of ‘Temple of the Dog’ Master Tapes
Temple of the Dog‘s sole album is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by A&M Records. Ownership of the self-titled effort’s master tapes is being contested between the record label and Rajan Parashar, brother of late Temple of the Dog producer and London Bridge Studio owner Rick Parashar.
Temple of the Dog’s one and only album is considered to be a Seattle grunge masterpiece. Recorded in late 1990 at London Bridge Studio, Temple of the Dog features Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron. The album also includes vocalist Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike McCready, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament — all of whom would later experience massive success in Pearl Jam.
According to the Seattle Times, A&M allege that Rick Parashar sold the master tapes and all rights to them for $35,000 back in 1993. However, the tapes were never given to A&M. The current lawsuit claims that Rick failed to respond to several requests by A&M’s attorneys to turn over the tapes. A&M are now aiming to gain possession of the tapes, plus compensation for damages and attorneys’ fees.
Rick Parashar passed away from a pulmonary embolism in 2014, and his brother Rajan (co-founder of London Bridge Studios) currently possesses the Temple of the Dog master tapes.
Parashar’s attorney, Warren Rheaume, has made it no secret that Rajan has the tapes. “He’s had them all along,” says Rheaume. “They’re his.” Rheaume adds that Rajan Parashar was not part of any agreement between his brother and A&M.