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  • seandodson 10:10 am on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Billy Bragg: “A fairer voting system may be at hand, if Nick Clegg holds his nerve and makes PR the price for any coalition. That’s why hundreds of us donned the colour purple on Saturday and marched through the streets of London to demand that the Lib Dems deliver on their historic commitment to a fairer voting system. The Purple People come from many parties and none, all of us determined to make everyone’s vote count for something at the next election. Why purple? Because it is the colour of universal suffrage, used by Chartists and suffragettes when they campaigned to extend the franchise.”

  • seandodson 10:24 pm on March 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: billy bragg, , dave rountree, Featured Artists Coalition, , , music distribution,   

    Billy Bragg: musicians need to sing from the same setlist 

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    Billy Bragg and Dave Rowntree (from Blur) will help launch the Featured Artists Coalition in London tomorrow (March 11).

    Responding to Google’s decision to remove music videos from YouTube after an argument over fees with the Performance Rights Society (which represents the rights of artists), the pair wrote a joint call-to-arms over at the Guardian’s Comment is Free blog. They wrote:

    “Whether we like it or not, the old business model is broken and the decline in sales … has not been helped by the determination of the big labels to protect themselves at the expense of both artists and fans. Record shops have disappeared from our high streets and the big labels may go the same way, passing into the hands of asset strippers whose only interest is the bottom line. Yet, there is still clearly an audience out there for good music, and plenty of young musicians hoping to find them.”

    This is why we need to find our voice now – to ensure that the next generation of artists are able to earn a living in the new digital music industry that is busy being born.”

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