On the absurdity of contracts: Aimee Mann
Here's Aimee on her insane contract war with Epic Records, who refused to release her work but was holding her to a ten record contract, so she was unable to record for anyone else. Best part: her reading aloud the most convoluted clauses.
For those of you who haven't yet experienced the joy of a publishing contract followed by bewildering royalty statements in which you are paid fractions of the actual rate...just substitute publishing for music here. It is really the same thing.
This clip ends with the happy ending of her landing a deal with Imago. A year later they went under financially, and she had to spend several years getting out of that deal too.