More Grumpy People Come Out Against Music Streaming Services

Not all of them, Spotify is their target.  From PandoDaily:

Last week, three rock and roll old timers, on three separate occasions, came out swinging against what they perceived as unfair practices in the new music economy. Writing at the Daily Beast, songwriter/composer Van Dyke Parks, whose diverse list of collaborators includs the Beach Boys, Joanna Newsom, and Silverchair, railed against meager royalty payments on Spotify and Pandora.

In the LA Times, T. Bone Burnett, who produced the soundtracks for some of the most memorable musical films in recent memory, shook his fists at the technology community’s “assault on the arts” — especially music. And in a somewhat off-topic (but still closely-related) rant, the Eagles’ Don Henley attacked young whippersnappers like Frank Ocean and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff for covering and altering his songs without permission.

What the three screeds have in common is a longing for the “good old days.” But while the new economy of music is rife with problems, the notion that the music industry was ever structured to benefit artists and creative expression is a joke.

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Alan Cross

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