The Record Industry tells us that pirated music will destroy music production. Nonsense. Piracy will destroy the record industry, certainly as it exists now. Good. Best thing that could happen to it. I consider piracy, as far as music is concerned, to be something of a virtual anti-biotic, killing off the disease known as the ‘recording industry’. People have been creating music for thousands of years, the vast majority of it without any help from some parasitic ‘recording industry’ feeding off the blood sweat and tears of artists.
For sure the music scene would be different. No more manufactured plastic bands forced onto the airwaves and radio waves by the leeches of the ‘record industry’. Can you imagine life without Britney Spears and New Kids On The Block crooning out of your TV? Fear not. They’d have had to fall back on the sole genuine attribute – their looks. And you’d be able to see more of them than you currently do in various porn movies.
So no, I’m no fan of the recording industry. Without it, maybe we’d have greater access and exposure to real talent. Which is the point of this post. Sure I do come across a lot of talentless souls inflicting their vocal chords on passers by and passengers on the metro, as they beg for a few pesos. But Mexico City is often alive with impromptu performances from aspiring artists, or slightly more organized events like the one I wandered past today. Music has, does and will continue to exist with or without the Sony’s, EMI’s et al. I just happen to believe that better music, offering better value will thrive more successfully without them. I’m just sorry my poor little camera doesn’t do these performers justice.