With summer here and the hard work of writing my mid-year list done, I’m going to post a blog by David Lowery (formerly in bands Cracker and Camper Van Beetoven). His take on the current state of the music is eye-opening and sobering. If you’ve ever stolen music online or used programs like Spotify and Grooveshark, this long entry is worth the time spent reading it.
Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.
My intention here is not to shame you or embarrass you. I believe you are already on the side of musicians and artists and you are just grappling with how to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in admitting…
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