David Byrne Worries About Music's Future, In Illustrated Form

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David Byrne has always been about big ideals, something he's proven time and again in both his time with Talking Heads and in his own solo work. Lately he's been thinking about quite a bit, whether it be about how the expense of New York City has grown to such a staggering degree that it's priced out creatives or, more recently, about the future of the music industry. He's been vocal about his concerns on the latter of late, and so we decided to gather the most potent of his gems on the subject here, in illustrated form.

See also: An Illustrated Guide Confirming Josh Homme Is a Badass

--via theguardian.com

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The best music comes from a pure place and is completely disconnected from whether a living can be made from it.  Streaming will be big but there are other ways to publish music independent of record companies, and also ways to monetize the sale completely bypassing labels.  Artists who must create music due to contract obligations often produce sub standard material.  Artists go through prolific periods and droughts.  This is why many artists start out with a great album and sometimes sustain the output over several albums but rarely maintain the output of excellent material beyond that.  Making art is not primarily about making money.  When ones livelihood depends on it the quality will suffer.  Artists make art because there is an internal imperative to do so, and this will never stop because of money.  Artists will adapt to change and new business models - it is in their creative nature to do so.


I wish David would be part of Tanglewood in the Berkshires.  I suspect that is how James Taylor is making a decent living.  I would attend all his performances.  I love happy, free and fun.


There was music before the recording industry,and there will be music afterwards.

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