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The  state of the music industry

The state of the music industry

Yesterday independent music distributors Shock Records (one of the best, most efficient groups we deal with here at Johnnys) sent around a press release noting the success of one of their acts: BRING ME THE HORIZON ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 ON ARIA CHARTS In an industry where times are tough and naysayers are plentiful, Shock […]

The distribution system formerly known as the Internet

The distribution system formerly known as the Internet

Toss out your iPods, music lovers, the Internet is dead. ¬†According to Prince: “The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. “The internet’s like MTV. At […]

The Robert Johnson estate

The Robert Johnson estate

The “legend” of how guitarist Robert Johnson became the greatest bluesman in history by selling his soul to the devil is one of the of the most famous tales of music myth (and I offer a variation on it in the novel I have just finished writing). On a more mundane level, the story of […]

Vale Les Paul

Vale Les Paul

There were lots of arguments about music back in the day, most of them really important and crucial to the future happiness of the world.¬† Stones or Beatles was the classic example, and, if I’m not mistaken, it still has some potency today. But there were others.¬† Who was the better keyboard player, Rick Wakeman […]