The Music Industry

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The Music Industry 9/21/07 MUSC205 The music industry does not have a good reputation to say the least. Over the years there have been many commentaries written concerning the music executives with much of it negative. These critiques include one by British sociologist Simon Frith, and one by American rock star Courtney Love. Frith’s essay concerns the study of rock music and pop music, the intricacies and nuances of doing so and the effect of the music industry on the history and effect of the music. To Frith rock music is defined by its distaste for the music industry, its authenticity in a sense. The Frith the music industry was destined to play the role of villain in rock music. Frith also makes the point that it is economically in the industry’s favor for songs to have a short shelf life and to become unpopular after a few short weeks. To Courtney Love the music industry actually is villainous and deserves the distaste they receive. The reasons are purely monetary. In her article she goes through the
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Unformatted text preview: numbers and “does the math” as she calls it. With the numbers she uses she makes the point that the artists would be just as well off working as janitors as they are making music while the executives make a killing. She favors the internet a medium of artist-consumer interaction because it is more direct and needs no middle man. Like in every other industry the future lies with the internet and with technology. Thanks to programs such as Limwire, I-Tunes and Napster, the consumer now has the ability to download songs one at a time instead of buying entire albums. Also the musicians no longer need to sign a record deal, with websites such as MySpace an artist needs nothing more than music and a computer to release music. In the future the gap between artist and consumer will tighten, and artist-consumer communication will become much better and more direct....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MUSC 205 taught by Professor King during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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