[Marxism] RE: Good Analysis from Soft Rock Icon

Calvin Broadbent calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 19 04:14:25 MST 2004

Personally, one of the reasons I don't regard downloading as immoral (or at 
least no more immoral than stealing from a multinational record store), is 
that a lot of these music 'artists' flaunt the amount of wealth they 
(currently) possess and appear to be swimming in money. The bigger pop 
artists, the Justin Timberlakes etc., are rich parasites, and I don't mind 
people ripping off their weak sounds.
On the other hand, if music has real substance, style, rawness, 
experimentation, or a progressive lyrical content, and the musicians 
involved are not ex or wannabe disney club graduates like Britney, Justin, 
or any of the other rich idiots, and even from a poorer economic background, 
I don't support their music being pilfered. I wouldn't dream of downloading 
music by a lot of the better hip hop or punk artists for example, without 
having purchased at least some of their output. Music is a competitive 
market, and even where artists supposedly have control, if they want to stay 
competitive they will need to answer to the moe dominant market (artistic) 
trends, i.e. songs about money, 'love', and party and bullshit.

>The music industry must also take a large amount of blame for this
>piracy. Not only did the industry not address the issue sooner, it
>provided the P2P users with a convenient scapegoat. Many kids
>rationalize their P2P habit by pointing out that only record labels are
>hurt -- that the labels don't pay the artists anyway. This is clearly
>wrong, because artists are at the bottom of the food chain. They are the
>ones hit hardest when sales take a nosedive and when the labels cut back
>on promotion, on signing new artists and on keeping artists with
>potential. Artists are clearly affected, yet because many perceive the
>music business as being dominated by rich multinational corporations,
>the pain felt by the artist has no public face.
>Artists are finally realizing their predicament is no different from
>that of any other group with common economic and political interests.
>They can no longer just hope for change; they must fight for it.
>Washington is where artists must go to plead their case and find answers.
>So whether they are fighting against media and radio consolidation,
>fighting for fair recording contracts and corporate responsibility, or
>demanding that labels treat artists as partners and not as employees,
>the core message is the same: The artist must be allowed to join with
>the labels and must be treated in a fair and respectful manner. If the
>labels are not willing to voluntarily implement these changes, then the
>artists have no choice but to seek legislative and judicial solutions.
>Simply put, artists must regain control, as much as possible, over their
>The writer is a singer and drummer with the Eagles and a founding member
>of the Recording Artists' Coalition.

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