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

    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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  • seandodson 1:01 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cabaret voltaire, , , , joe strummer, , , record shops, rough trade, rough trade at 30, ,   

    Rough Trade at 30: the indie pioneer that begat Britain’s biggest record shop 

    Many happy returns to Rough Trade, the pioneering indie label, which celebrates its 30th birthday next week. Thanks for some of the best indie bands of all time, particularly The Smiths, Arcade Fire, British Sea Power, The Fall and Cabaret Voltaire, to name but a few.

    Geoff Travis started the label out of the old indie shop in Portobello Road in West London. My happiest memories are of the hours of subterranean bliss i spent in the sister electronic music shop in Covent Garden (right). Both are sadly defunct, but there’s a super new store off Brick Lane in the east end of London to to hunt for the best in underground and forward-thinking music. Many happy returns to you all.

    BTW, if you can’t make the shop there’s a 30th anniversary CD for sale. Includes Island Hopping, a mellifluous little ballad from the late Joe Strummer.

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