Archive for August, 2011

Is Rolling Stone Dead?

August 25, 2011

From Hypebot. Is Rolling Stone magazine dead? A very unscientific study determined that, among other things, music journalism is all but dead. Why listen to a music critic when you can hear the music for yourself on Spotify or see the band on YouTube?

The author counted ‘likes’ to the Sheepdogs’ Facebook page, following a cover story on them in the Rolling Stone and concluded that getting on the cover of the magazine is not as huge as it once was and by extension, music journalism is relevant. He further states that middlemen in the music industry have been replaced by a ‘middle machine.’

Finally, he makes a statement about major labels manufacturing acts.

The Sheepdog issue of Rolling Stone stands testament to the fact that the days of manufacturing Rock stars are numbered. The Major labels try and get a piece of whatever emerges in the new industry, however, unless they realize that manufacturing artists is what is killing the value of music, they will never recover from the pit they have created for themselves.

30 years of music formats in 30 seconds

August 17, 2011

Thirty years of recorded music formats in 30 seconds or less. See the animation here.

I was surprised to see 8 track cassettes had such a big presence, even in 1980.

— from Digital Music News

After 35 years, new opportunity for musicians

August 16, 2011

This issue doesn’t apply to most indie musicians, nor to younger musicians, but it’s an interesting new challenge for the recording industry that affects many of the biggest recording artists from the 70’s. According to a little-noted provision in United States copyright law, artists now have the right to reclaim ownership of their recordings, potentially leaving the labels out in the cold.

When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 (like Billy Joel’s “52nd Street”, Bruce Springstein’s “Darkness of the Edge of Town”, the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute” and Kenny Rogers’ “Gambler”) are the first to fall under the purview of the law, but in a matter of months, hits from 1979, like “The Long Run” by the Eagles and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer, will be in the same situation — and then, as the calendar advances, every other master recording once it reaches the 35-year mark.

Read the whole New York Times article here.

Reshelving at Walmart

August 12, 2011

One man is taking matters into his own hands, bringing back the country classics. Read his intriguing story here.