All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—with consumption of new music actually shrinking. How did we get here, and is there a way…
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A sad story told entirely in tweets
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'The Long Tail' was supposed to boost alternative voices in music, movies, and books—but the exact opposite happened. What went wrong?
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And it's not just the dominance of old songs—the whole creative culture is losing its ability to innovate. But why?
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It's not just the music biz—legacy media outlets everywhere are playing the same dangerous game. Here's how it will play out.
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Recent revelations from an alleged industry insider paint a disturbing picture
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I rarely talk about my workaday life before I settled into music and writing. Those days are far too strange and confusing to convey without writing a…
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But none of them are music books
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Let me peer into my crystal ball, and predict the next decade in the music world. I’m brave (or foolhardy) enough to tell you what I see—but you may…
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An Experiment in Rock Criticism
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I look at some gloomy numbers—and offer advice about leading a maximally creative life on a median-level income
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I recorded a solo piano piece in 1986, and it miraculously showed up on a hit TV show this week. Here's how it happened.
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