bunner: Rob Reid is a novelist, entrepreneur, and music industry expert.Um, huh.I don't know how to break it to the "music is old and stupid and should be free but software is holy and you should always buy it so I can have nice things" IT crowd, but, for all of the pissing and moaning about how new, emerging artists go unnoticed and how boring and cookie cutter repetitive most new music is, they seem to overlook the fact that nothing survives unless it moves money around and if you write, play, record, mix, produce and distribute musical recordings, the quality is gonna pretty much suck if the people doing it can't pay the rent.You can romanticize an industry you know nothing about from your armchair next to the 2 TB of sh*t you glommed up off of torrents and limewire 5 years ago, but the fact of the matter is, the cream isn't going to rise to the top anymore because the only thing that works in the Western world is when people vote with their wallets. Enjoy your 600.00 Lady Gaga tickets and don't forget to buy a T-Shirt from that "awesome band that played at that club the other night that you can't understand why they aren't like super mega famous" so they can put gas in the van.
uber humper: goolump: uber humper: Langston: Better a small check than no check at allPearl Jam used to play that tune. Not anymorehttp://www.ticketmaster.com/Pearl-Jam-tickets/artist/735836Eh, that's okay, they haven't produced anything worth listening to for quite some time.I was watching a YouTube video of a recent PJ concert. I was a little embarrassed for them and their 30 to 40somthing y/o fans decked out in grunge. These are the 90's version of the Summer of Love hippies who never grew up.
bunner: TuteTibiImperes: fighting it instead of embracing it.That sounds all very rosy, but the fact of the matter is that "embracing" 0 1 data technology for recordings makes them absolutely cost prohibitive as anything but a hobby. And we all know how quality shifts when hobbyists start running the show. The only thing keeping people from downloading a new Kia and GE freezers is nobody has invented a transporter yet. Data is endlessly malleable. This makes it a great editing platform and also makes anything ported to it endlessly and losslessly replicable and of very questionable veracity. Nobody ever checks to see if both sides of the sword are sharpened before they start swinging.
mr0x: Meh.Music is better now than it was before. Decades before 99% of the music I listened was major label. Now, it is probably around 50%. There is more variety and tons and tons of information and samples available.
bunner: Coders are not the new rock starsRock stars are the new rock stars, or the old rock stars. Things that have a purchase upon culture tend to develop histories.Coders are the new coders.Everybody stop trying to staple rock and roll to their 1337 Sun SPARC rigs and cheeseburgers and tennis shoes and maybe the music will get a bit better when everybody starts doing what they do and getting paid.
Target Builder: They're still around? It always amazes me when I find out that groups that were big while I was in high school a long long time ago are still going. Who are their fans these days?
goolump: uber humper: Langston: Better a small check than no check at allPearl Jam used to play that tune. Not anymorehttp://www.ticketmaster.com/Pearl-Jam-tickets/artist/735836Eh, that's okay, they haven't produced anything worth listening to for quite some time.
HairBolus: The old "Unknown writer promotes his work by essentially giving it away" schtick with mumbo jumbo about copyright in the internet age.Cory Doctorow did this and became rather well known even though his writing sucks, and I bet Rob Reid's book also sucks.Years ago it was common when a new radio station came on the air they would self-promote as being "advertisement free" and wait a few months to get an audience that they could charge hefty advertising rates for.
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