Brian Eno Interview: ‘Apollo’ Expanded, Moon Landing – Rolling Stone

I definitely grew up with this album. I still have the original on cassette and I recorded my own album in the same studio as Apollo which hangs in shimmering gold on the studio wall. The excerpt below is from the end of the article. Much more good stuff. Read from the beginning. Being grown up is also what inspired Brian, who recently had an asteroid named after him, to revisit Apollo. For him, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing serves as a yardstick for humanity and what we’re capable of. “The trajectory of the world changed,” he says. “The period from 1945 to 1975, say, which is known by economists as the Golden Age of Capitalism, is entirely wrongly named in my opinion. It was a period of incredible social growth. Women got their rights and minorities got their rights. There was religious freedom in Europe, free healthcare, free education, workers’ rights were improved. There was new mobility between the classes and so on. These are all things that any socialist government would have been very proud of having achieved. I think that period should be named the Golden Age of Socialism. What we’re in now is the fucking Golden Age of Capitalism.” “With those [Apollo] space missions, we were all riding an incredible wave of optimism,” LanoisContinue Reading

A Conservative Impulse in the New Rock Underground | Village Voice

August 18, 1975 Arabian swelter, and with the air-conditioning broken, CBGB resembled some abattoir of a kitchen in which a bucket of ice is placed in front of a fan to cool the room off. To no avail of course, and the heat had perspiration glissading down the curve of one’s back, yeah, and the cruel heat also burned away any sense of glamour. After all, CBGB’s Bowery and Bleecker location is not the garden spot of lower Manhattan, and the bar itself is an uneasy oasis. On the left, where the couples are, tables; on the right, where the stragglers, drinkers, and the love-seekers are, a long bar; between the two, a high double-backed ladder, which, when the room is really crowded, offers the best view. If your bladder sends a distress signal, write home to mother, for you must make a perilous journey down the aisle between seating area and bar, not knock over any mike stands as you slide by the tiny stage, squeeze through the piles of amplifiers, duck the elbow thrust of a pool player leaning over to make a shot… and then you end up in an illustrated bathroom which looks like a page that didn’t make “The Faith of Graffiti.” Now consider the assembly-line presentation of bands with resonant names like Movies, TuffContinue Reading

Independent Artists | The Age of Empowerment | MIDiA Research

Doesn’t hit at the important issues but still food for thought. Live music is the only way… INDEPENDENT ARTISTS | THE AGE OF EMPOWERMENT Added on 9th July, 2019 by Mark Mulligan Key takeaways A sector with real scale. Artists without record labels generated $643.1 million in 2018, up 35% from 2017. These independent artists represent the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, a segment of global scale with real impact and influence. They are also more streaming native than label artists. Culture first, cash second. Artists’ definition of success is very much culture first, then cash. They are looking for respect and recognition first and foremost. With this respect and recognition, they can become viable touring acts with the chance to earn loyal fan bases. Labels are not a prerequisite. So, what about the role of labels? Artists now view labels very much as one possible means to an end. Less than a third of independent artists consider it important to be signed to a label, while for label artists this rises to a little more than half. Earnings are the biggest obstacle. It is just as well that artists take a culture first, cash second attitude as most artists should not expect to earn a living from music without something close to divine intervention. Nearly threeContinue Reading