Thanks, Dave, for this very informative history. Sounds like it must have been very frustrating... |
...to have to battle the band (or its management) just to have a place to discuss why you like them.
I'm a baseball fan, and the response you describe reminds me of how baseball initially reacted to TV and later the internet. When TV became popular, for instance, the baseball establishment saw it as a threat -- they were afraid that if baseball games were shown on TV, people would no longer need to go to games in person. It took some time for them to realize that TV was an untapped opportunity, not a threat: it was a way to have millions of fans watch each game, rather than just a few tens of thousands at the ballpark. Eventually they figured out how TV could help them make more money, and it became the huge revenue stream it is today.
It sounds like the music industry is at the first stage of this process -- seeing the internet as a threat (which, to be fair, it has been) but not yet having figured out how take advantage of its potential. I'm glad that Sharon, at least, seems to have the right idea.
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