if any of yall needed motivation lol
Ah, come on. I use to think illegal downloading was “right on” when I was younger, but to be honest I really think in retrospect generation file-sharing was dead wrong and “the man” was right. There’s few issues I’ve made such a massive 360 degree flip-flop on than this. I use to think it was a class issue and any artist who only wanted to communicate with those who could afford to pay for their work wasn’t much of an artist at all. I did not foresee the long term impacts it would have on music as a whole- though we were warned.
However, people in this picture will always be obscenely wealthy though one avenue or another. The artist who’s album you just downloaded isn’t even secure of making their rent.. all illegal downloading has done is drain the opportunities to make a living out of music leading to a state were only the privately educated Mummy and Daddy funded likes to Mumford and Sons can afford to do music full time, shutting out working class voices. Hardly the kind of revolution I’d celebrate.
Oh, and the fact touring is the only way musicians can make revenue now also shuts out disabled voices. Think of the likes of Brian Wilson or any other semi-reclusive studio dwelling bad brained musician who couldn’t stand up to rigours of extensive touring. Think about how an incompatibility between life on the roand and his Aspergers pretty much ruined Craig Nicholls from the Vine’s once promising career..
I’m sorry but when I see some young middle-class type playing the full illegally downloaded back catalogue of his favourite small indie label band on an expensive I-phone or whatever I want to slap that selfish disrespectful tosser. Who cares about the poor and disabled getting a fair shake at expression, an artistic voice and the chance to make a living doing what they love? Baby needs his free music, NOW NOW NOW.
(Source: elfboi, via name-redacted-deactivated201304)