“Yesterday I searched the internet for the new Steve Hackett’s album, Genesis Revisited II. I wanted to download the music if possible. So I ran into Steve Hackett’s website which is a real on-line shop: records, downloads, apparel, gadgets, concert tickets…”
“This is, in my opinion, an example of how the music biz should work today. In a time in which music can be “stolen” very easily, artists must find other ways to live from their music: concerts, memorabilia, public image rights from TV and radio… No way to get money from the music itself. It’s like going back more than one century: before the invention of radio and discs, artists were paid to play live to audiences. Mozart (his father, actually) became rich wandering through Europe to give concerts in front of kings and princes. Now the audience is much larger and so are the opportunities for artists”.
“This is a concept most majors seem not able to understand: they still pretend to get money from CD’s, DVD, SACD’s, Blu-Rays… The major who will turn itself into a service provider for artists, organizing concerts and dealing with TV’s and radios for public appearance of its artists, will stay on the market, the others are going to die. It is breaking news that HMV is quitting all her shops in UK: ‘Nuff said…”
“BTW: I finally purchased and downloaded the studio master FLAC’s: 12 Pounds for two and a half hours of great music @ 88.2/24: hi-rez is out there”.