Rock and roll rebels

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Fri May 26 12:17:37 MDT 2000

>From Metallica's "...And Justice for All"

Halls of Justice Painted Green
Money Talking
Power Wolves Beset Your Door
Hear Them Stalking
Soon You'll Please Their Appetite
They Devour
Hammer of Justice Crushes You


>From an interview with Metallica at

Question: In several articles about your actions against Napster, you were
quoted as saying something like (paraphrased): "Napster takes our music and
treats it as a commodity, instead of as art." My question is, how is it
that trading your music for free over the internet makes it a simple
commodity, but selling it for far too much money through record companies
and stores makes it somehow "art"?

Lars: Yeah. I mean, OK, 1st of all, let's start by making sure that I am
not the one who decides that a Metallica CD should sell for 16 dollars.
That's a whole other argument, one that at some other time I'd be glad to
partake in, OK? I'm a consumer just as much [as anyone else] ... just
because somebody feels that that CD is too expensive doesn't give them a
right to steal it, in the same way that if I go down to the car dealership
and want to buy a new Suburban, and I feel that paying $47,000 for a new
Suburban is too expensive, that doesn't give me the right to steal it,
right? It's sort of like, you know what, fair enough, I can certainly
respect and I would certainly somewhat agree with the fact that paying 16
bucks for a CD is probably, you know, pushing too much. But, it's the
marketplace that dictates that, not me. And people who live in the United
States live in a Western capitalist society, where most of these things
become about marketplace and about fair competitionin the marketplace, and
that's what ultimately dictates these prices. That does not solidify that
my only other option is to steal is it. My other option is to not buy it.

Louis Proyect

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