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How Technology Will Kill The Music Biz

Special Feature by Frank Broughton, i-D, June 1994

In the future, there will be no record companies or record shops. In fact there will be no records. Instead, sound will be transmitted straight ...

Future Sound of London: Future Sound Of London: Future Pop

Report and Interview by Andrew Smith, Face, The, January 1995

When Future Sound Of London played live in New York last month, they were at home in London, connected to the venue only by a ...

Brian Eno Before And After Pop

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, July 1997

BRIAN ENO has a theory. Actually, Eno has lots of theories — the 48-year-old, English-born musician probably leads the rock 'n' roll league in this ...

The Death of Live Music

Essay by Mark Dery, Musician, August 1997

Will concert and club dates survive in the Internet age? ...

Conjunction Junction: The All-Music Guide Wants To Make Scrabble out of Babel

Report by Eric Weisbard, Village Voice, The, February 1999

THE ALL-MUSIC Guide bills itself as "an ongoing project to review and rate all music" – emphasis on the all. ...

The Byrds, Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn Interview

Interview by Stephen K. Peeples, unpublished, April 1999

AUTHOR'S NOTE, Oct. 11, 2014: The following is an expanded version of my Roger McGuinn interview, a shorter version of which was first published at ...

Chuck D

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, July 1999

Once he was undisputed heavyweight champion of the rap universe, booming apocalyptic conspiracy theories from some of the most earth-shattering hip-hop albums of the last ...

The Beastie Boys: Illin' Communication: The Beastie Boys and the Net

Interview by Jason Gross, Yahoo! Internet Life, August 1999

SEEMS LIKE A long strange trip for a band that started as a hardcore unit in 1980 to become a best-selling rap trio for a ...

David Bowie: "Now Where Did I Put Those Tunes?"

Interview by David Quantick, Q, October 1999

He took Sly Stone's drugs. He thought Bing looked like a little orange on a stool. He named his son Duncan and is madly in ...

New Tracks For Old Rockers

Report by Charles Bermant, Seattle Times, The, February 2000

FACE IT: THE 1960s was the best time for rock 'n' roll. David Crosby, who was in the middle of it all, calls it "an ...

Pete Townshend Online

Interview by Jason Gross, Yahoo! Internet Life, April 2000

2003 NOTE: WHILE IT'S commonplace now for artists to put their material up for fans to preview, it wasn't three years ago, which should show ...

Keeping Up With the Napsters

Report by Eric Weisbard, Village Voice, The, May 2000

At Pho, a Thousand E-mails a Month Track the Great Digital Debate ...

Napsternomics: The Pop Solution to Downloading

Comment by Eric Weisbard, Village Voice, The, August 2000

HERE'S THE smallest of Napster's ironies: the service shut down last week by Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, then granted a stay of execution by the ...

Thomas Dolby: Techno Beatnik: Thomas Dolby

Profile and Interview by Hank Bordowitz, unpublished, 2002

MY WIFE AND two-year-old huddle over my wife’s iMac. Billy, the two year old, giggles uncontrollably as the computer makes boinging and slide-whistle sounds, ...

The Thrills: Filesharing etc.: Money Pit

Comment by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, October 2003

Who are the victims of music filesharing? Peter Paphides reveals the real band of thieves ...

Jonathan Ive: The Father Of Invention

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Word, The, March 2004

In a world where computer technology is a religion and its curvy iconography is changing everything, a shy 37-year-old Englishman is the newly-elected High Priest. ...

Julian Cope, XTC: The Old Boy Network

Report by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, June 2004

GETTING DITCHED by a major label is not always the end of the line for the big stars of yesteryear, as Terry Staunton reports ...

Out Of Tune With The Times

Comment by Louis Barfe, Spectator, The, July 2004

Louis Barfe believes that record companies have only themselves to blame for falling sales ...

The iPod: Rise of the Machines

Report by Edward Helmore, Q, March 2005

This is the untold story of Apple's iPod — the gadget that ate the world and saved the music industry. We're all pod people now. ...

Out of tune: Customers suffer in the music download war

Report by Angus Batey, Times, The, March 2005

This month, a group of unnamed people became the first casualties of the UK music industry's war on internet piracy, when the British Phonographic Industry ...

John Lennon: Lennon Online

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2005

When You Can't Really Function You're So Full Of Fear, A Digital Downloader Is Something To Be ...

Sandi Thom: Smile… It Confuses People

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, June 2006

EVEN WITH everyone now claiming to have been "discovered" on the internet, the story of latest overnight-online-success, twenty-four year-old Sandi Thom, is still pretty fantastic.  ...

Marillion: How To Thrive On A Fish-Free Diet

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2007

THERE ARE no goblins guarding the gates to Marillion's secret lair in the rolling depths of Middle England. No cackling old crones casting spells on ...

Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith et al: It's All Too Beautiful

Report by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, June 2007

Pale eulogies on fan sites are giving even obscure dead musicians a career in the afterlife. But does the net build an idealised version of ...

Prince Papers The House

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo! Music, July 2007

THAT PRINCE CHAP, he does like to lob a spanner in the music-industry works. It's record shop chains he's upset this time. They're calling him ...

Black Eyed Peas: Will.i.am: Peas In Our Time

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, August 2007

The Black Eyed Peas' frontman Will.i.am tells our correspondent how "happy" music took him from the ghetto to the Top Ten ...

Radiohead: OK Computer: Why The Record Industry Is Terrified Of Radiohead's New Album

Comment by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2007

Radiohead are the latest — and greatest — band to shun the conventional CD release. Their new album is available online — and you don't ...

Metallica: Magnetic Metallica

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, July 2008

THERE IS a certain grim irony to the news, announced last week, that Metallica’s latest album Death Magnetic will be released in September in a ...

The iPod and iTunes: Buy Three Get Nine You Don't Want

Comment by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages, March 2009

IT STARTED — the slow realisation — when my wife bought me an iPod for my birthday. ...

Steve Knopper: Appetite for Self-Destruction – The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Book Review by Danny Goldberg, Truthdig, June 2009

STEVE KNOPPER'S Appetite for Self-Destruction is an entertaining, well-written attempt to chronicle the economic decline of record companies, but his thesis echoes conventional wisdom that ...

The Thrill Of It All: The Advent of MP3 Blogs

Essay by Nick Hornby, Observer Music Monthly, September 2009

MY FIRST NOVEL, High Fidelity, was published in 1995, and shortly afterwards, I embarked upon my first American book tour. I took with me a ...

Prince: "I'm a musician. And I am music"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

RINGTONES ARE EVIL. Islamic countries are fun. The internet is like "a carjacking", where there are no boundaries. Prince on being pop's "loving tyrant" ...

"The Best Things in Life Are Free": Downloads, Streaming, You Tube and Mags

Comment by James Musker, Rock's Backpages, November 2015

THE AGE OF INSTANT access is upon us. We are currently living in a world where it's difficult to avoid sensory overload, as there seems ...

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