Simon Napier-Bell: The Music Industry Is Careering Towards Meltdown

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  1. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    This is a great article by famous band manager Simon Napier-Bell (Yardbirds, Wham!, Marc Bolan, T-Res, and many others), detailing his experience and view of the music industry and why it's headed for a complete meltdown. It's very long, so I won't post the entire text, but damn is this a good read:

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/story/0,,2241544,00.html

    Enjoy!
    jag
     
  2. DV8 Band Loser

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    don't you mean careening? :D :oldrazz:
     
  3. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    The article actually says "careering", so that's how I left it. :o

    jag
     
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    Hmmm, interesting read. Thanks Jag!
     
  5. Figs Registered

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    That Morris Levy sounded like a real C*** Sucker himself.
     
  6. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    :dry:

    Why do people play stupid like this? :huh:
    Is there really anyone stupid enough to think that when you buy a CD, you're buying a plastic disc? :huh:

    When I bought Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas...it cost $40 or $50...and it came on a 10 cent disc, in a cheap, plastic box, and it was worth SO much more.
    It represented the work of a team of HUNDREDS of artists, experts, staying up for days at a time, straining, testing, straining some more, re-testing, for YEARS.

    And I have gotten HUNDREDS of hours of enjoyment out of it.

    I didn't buy a 10 cent disc, at all. :o
    It's elementary, why do people even cheapen their arguments with this idea. :huh:

    It's like saying the Mona Lisa should sell for $5...the cost of that thin layer of paint and some old canvas stretched across some old wood. :o



    And artists are "simply an ingredient" ?
    Well, I'd buy a fudge brownie without walnuts, which are just an ingredient.
    Try taking the artists out of it. You have blank discs...no different than a bulk stack from Office Max. Absurd.
     
  7. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    I agree, Wil, that it is an absurd sort of thing to view the artists as just an "ingredient". Napier-Bell is relaying what he's seen in terms of attitude of the record companies towards artists, though, and it's a rather sad way in which they appear to regard most of their artists; as a necessary evil.

    jag
     
  8. bell110 Drunk on Capitol Hill

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    Good. The sooner the better.
     

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