Late Philosopher Alan Watts Lands Publishing Deal with Third Side Music

Independent music publishing powerhouse Third Side Music (TSM) continues to expand its eclectic roster with one of the most unique additions yet - the late Alan Watts, the legendary philosopher, scholar, speaker, writer, and seminal figure in the counterculture of the Beat Generation who continues to impact culturally worldwide more than 50 years after his death.

Through a new global creative publishing deal with The Alan Watts Organization, TSM is fostering unique creative music opportunities with Watts’ treasure trove of 500+ hours of audio commentary, lectures, and radio programing for use in new songs by contemporary artists, and in films, TV series, advertising, and other media.

As one of the first to interpret Eastern philosophy and make it relatable to Western audiences, Watts’ commentaries, and aspirational lectures on themes of unity, self-realization, and the spiritual world have proven to be not only way ahead of their time, but evermore mainstream. He is perhaps best known for a multitude of famous quotes such as, “What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?” and "I wonder, I wonder, what you would do if you had the power to dream at night any dream you wanted to dream.” Way Beyond the West,” his legendary Bay Area radio show that started in the 1950s, is still broadcast on KPFK in Los Angeles. By the early sixties, Watts’ radio talks aired nationally, and the counterculture movement adopted him as a spiritual spokesperson.

Mark Watts, Director and Co-Founder of the Alan Watts Organization, said: “Working with the wonderful team at Third Side Music brings abundant real-world experience and great talent to our focus on crafting creative relationships with musicians and labels. It will also help us foster conversations in the areas of filmmaking and commercial use. We are excited about the possibilities!”

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