Live music tribute acts

Muso commentator and critic Graham Reid at Elsewhere recently asked how come live tribute acts are ever more popular when you can get the original music so easily? Is it the thrill of the communal live experience of the “ultimate pub band”? I think two things are going on here: These acts present a snapshot […]

How come there is so much music being listed on blogs?

Obtaining music freely so that musicians don’t make a living is counterproductive for performers and listeners. So how come there are so many albums being posted to so many blogs and download sites every day? Complete with artist information, songs lists, artwork, and even reviews, there must be complicity from the artists and publishers, surely. […]

Rhythm at peril

“The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life…. the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril”  Richard Baker

Accumulation isn’t collection

Here’s a story of a fanatical accumulator of records. The quantity is dizzying, but there is no mention of playing the records acquired. This guy is accumulating obsessively, to preserve a vast diverse range of music. I don’t understand what is hoping to achieve. He is taking the records out of circulation. Excuse the pun, […]

A recipe for saving the faltering music business

It seems to be in the interests of musicians and music listeners to have an industry that fosters great talent and provides easy access to great music, so there should be good business to be done. Here are some lessons from the television industry …. Instead of trying to sell what people no longer want […]