Terrific interview from PBS with David Crosby He talks about the rise of digital music and how it look likely to screw the major record labels “They bit the poison pill, and it’s killing them. And I think what’s killing them really, is that they have a bad business model that doesn’t coincide with reality.”.
On all the pretty boys and girls?: ” The current ethos in the United States of America is all to do with surface and nothing to do with substance. It doesn’t matter that Britney Spears has nothing to say and is about as deep as a birdbath. It matters that she has cute tits, and that’s all that matters. She doesn’t sing in concert; none of them do. Those are samples. Push a button, out comes the vocal. Do you ever notice, when you’re listening to them in a live concert — any of them, Janet Jackson, any of the rest of them — that they’re not breathing heavy? Even though they’re dancing like crazy. That’s because you’re not hearing what they’re singing. You’re hearing a tape.”
And on conglomerate power and media consentration: ” Now, again, I probably shouldn’t call them by name, but you know which radio conglomerate we’re talking about, who, because a certain girl group said they didn’t like George Bush, took them off, took them off the radio, took them off 1200 and some odd stations. That’s a pretty effective kind of censorship. … That was a very bad thing, and it’s probably going to happen more. And who’s going to argue with them?”. Great stuff. A must read.