Alan Mcgee says that the instant gratification of corporate pop combined with file sharing is killing the mystique and magic of music and the music industry is on the verge of collapse.
He says the the spirit of the independents that he was part of the eighties and nineties could well be over. He’s got a point. HMV looks like it could go bust and there are several major labels about to follow. The independent record shops are closing faster than pubs and there is a big cultural shift.
On the other hand there are more people in bands than ever before and loads of great new young bands.
Are bands changing what they want from music now? are bands happy to make their own music for their friends? has the mainstream become to sanitised, too full of plastic surgery disasters for anyone into music to care about any more?
What is going on out there? do you care? is music about to collapse? or is it splitting into two worlds? the haves and the have nots (that’s in terms of talent not money!)
One world is a remote world of Cowell celebrity- auto tune- soft porn pop and the other a million bands and musicians carrying on regardless?
Please tell us!