Nobody buys music any more. The recording industry is finished.
Except of course when an artist makes records people want. I wonder how the pundits will explain Adele?
In case you missed it, here’s Brian Eno’s John Peel Lecture about the nature of creativity and industry. It’s about an hour but well worth it.
Although you’ll probably spend a lot longer than that thinking about some of the things he says.
Here’s a half hour radio programme about the music business that aired this morning on BBC Radio 4 (click on the logo).
For the past 15 years we have debated what it all meant. By 2007 it was pretty clear there was no going back, to even the most die-hard big label dinosaurs. The dust has largely settled now and some unambiguous features are emerging from a complex upheaval.
“The Pop Star and the Prophet” passes through many of the key points and is worth a listen although I’m not sure it really arrives at its destination.
This video is handy when you need to explain why you aren’t going to work for nothing.
The end of the UK music press
Available to listen until next Monday in the UK.
You won’t regret it. Great radio.