This post is a part of our series with songs that can be translated as good stories of - or advices/mindsets to the music business. This song is summarizing the period from 1920 to circa 1999 when record labels were the best/only entity to distribute recorded music. It's a kind of rise and fall story. The lyric is written by a label executive with good memory. He remembers a time when musicians where worried that music put on a record meant the end of their "career" — when music could be ...Read More

Sometimes we hear people argue that internet and especially file sharing kills music. If you can't make money on your art there will be no artists. They don't understand that the difference between art and the regular job, they're obviously comparing with, is that art is an urge that the artist can't live without expressing. General Johnson his group The Showmen made this very clear to us already in 1961 in their "It will stand" (Jonathan Richman has also made a brilliant recording): "You take some music music, sweet flowin music, ...Read More

Today we're starting a series with songs that can be translated as good stories of - or advices/mindsets to the music business. I heard the classic Warren G cover/remake of "What's love got to do with it" the other day. It was better than I remembered and to my big surprise was a great testimony of a greedy music biz. First he is setting the scene by telling us about his first meetings with the music business and how they started to care only when his music started to sell: "There's dollar signs ...Read More