The UK is *very* different. Always has been. Had the Beatles formed here vs.
the UK, I'm convinced they never would've gotten anywhere.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SACD fans -- some discounts
On 02/05/07, Bob Olhsson wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
>> From Graeme Jaye: "... it doesn't address the questions as to where
>> to play
> and who is going to pay for it?..."
> That's the elephant in the room!
> Progressive jazz, the folk revival and the modern rock scene all began
> with rent parties that were held in musicians' or fan's homes. Fans
> created the specialty venues, record stores and independent record
> labels that evolved into what we know as the present music industry.
> The '60s through the '90s were built on top of an infrastructure that
> had been created during the 1950s. The death of Tower Records, which
> was built on the idea of combining niche record stores into a big
> store having "deep stock" really represents the death of this musical
> era. The interesting thing to me is the common belief that there is
> "mass market" music which is something that has never really been the
> case when you look closely. Today Wall Street actually believes
> concepts about the "music industry" that have always been promotional
> delusions of grandeur in the fan magazines.
There was a folk singer on BBC Radio 2 the other day, saying that when
she started out (about ten years ago) there were very few places to
play, but now there are folk venues all over Britain.
She talked of a big revival of acoustic music, and the host (who works a
lot at festivals etc) agreed.
Maybe the UK is different from the US. I think real serious music is
healthy. Big record companies pushing million-sellers are not healthy.
Their main market from now on will be reissues.
Which is where SACD comes in.
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