Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It's Always Been This Way

The following is a phone call Buddy Holly made to Paul Cohen, the head of Decca Records, about his being dropped and them enforcing the 5 year non-rerecord policy. Holly would go on to record for Brunswick and Coral. One of the songs was "That'll Be The Day." Holly brilliantly did it under the name The Crickets as a way to bypass the 5 year non-rerecord restriction - though when it was a hit - it helped that Brunswick and Coral were subsidiaries of Decca to help him not get sued.

Buddy Holly's phone call

Thursday, February 12, 2009

CwF + RtB = $$$

My favorite in the round performances are when artists perform the song they wish they wrote. Well, as a teacher, the following link is the lecture I wish I gave. Michael Masnick presented the Trent Reznor business model at MIDEM and in 15 minute laid out how simple the music industry's new era can / will / does work. In one of my classes as I played it, I could see i impacting my students. They have got to be sick of hearing how doomed the industry is and here finally is hope for the future - hope for a future.

Masnick's Reznor Case Study