Could You Hear Your Mom On Your 'Hits' Tape?
August 17, 2009 at 4:55 AM (PT)
Remember taping music off the radio as a kid with your cassette boom box? Well, DANA JENNINGS does, and writes in THE NEW YORK TIMES, "I spent countless rapt hours taping my favorite songs off the radio when I was a kid. There were so many tunes, and I had so little money. (And if a motorcycle or a semi went blasting past the house as I taped, then a ballad like 'Crimson and Clover' would get some gritty meat on its ethereal bones.)
"But even back then, the record companies considered someone like me a sneak thief, a young blackguard. By taping, I was taking money out of their pockets, bread off the table and cocaine from the noses of their artists and executives.
"That battle between customer and music company has only intensified since. The listener screams, 'Love!' The music executive screams, 'Theft!' And the musician -- same as it ever was -- screams, 'Pay me!' Now Greg Kot, a music critic and co-host of a rock ’n’ roll radio talk show, tells us what happened in 'Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music,' his well-reported book about music in the Internet Age."
Check out the full article here.