Stevie Nicks Claims The Internet Destroyed Rock; Seems To Think You Need A Record Label

from the that's-not-how-it-works-any-more dept

What is it with aging rock-n-rollers complaining about the "internet" these days? It's kind of amusing how these rockers, who always tried to present such a rebellious persona, are now acting just like the older generation they mocked. Everything new is evil and bad, huh? We already covered John Mellencamp's recent anti-internet diatribe, where he referred to it as an atomic bomb for the music industry (he meant the recording industry, but apparently doesn't realize it), and now Hypebot points us to the news that Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks is bashing the internet as well, in a very similar manner:
"The Internet has destroyed rock. Children no longer develop social graces. They don't hang out anymore," she complains. "I'm financially stable. I'm okay. But what about the kids trying to make it in this business? If you're not an established band, if you don't have a hit single, they're gonna drop you. There are a lot of people out there as talented as we were, but they can't sustain being in a rock 'n' roll band for long without success. We were able to, but we're going to die out."
First of all, I'm not quite sure what rock and roll and "social graces" have to do with one another. But the rest of her comment reveals an amusing misunderstanding of what is actually happening with "the kids trying to make it in this business today." You see, many of them are realizing they don't need a major label to become successful any more, and they celebrate when they get dropped from a label, because it means they can take control over their own business models and actually do things that make fans happy, rather than piss them off. And many of those things involve using the internet to help create, promote and distribute works, while also building up a strong, loyal and committed fan base. The internet hasn't destroyed rock at all. It's destroying the old gatekeeper system that kept so many out before.

Nicks' mistake is to think that you still need a major record label behind you to be a success. Like other aging rockers, it appears she's a bit out of touch with what's actually going on in the music world.


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    Thomas (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 8:52am

    If anything destroyed rock, it's that shrieking harpy.

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:23am

    haha and a coke head speaks

    y i thinks shes back to abusing drugs again

    reality seems not to come from those messed up on heroin and cocaine......
    maybe she should take a lesson like ozzy said and admit the labels wanted them all fucked up on drugs so that they could steal off the cash ...( as ozzy says as he makes a steak and eggs ina kitchen larger then the house i live in )

    NO suing fans is what destroyed your business and maybe you should go back under a rock and or pound your selves in the head for allowing the riaa and labels to do it.

    FREE IT ALL NOW, i have friends doing ok and htey give th emusic out online freely...MY thought is the money is starting to run out and guess what they cant keep suing peopel and losingmoney either. ITS TOO LATE you missed the boat and by suing you ended your selves.

    FUCK OFF bitch
    awarded idiot of the day award

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:25am

    rock n roll is about "social graces"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAH
    AHHAHAHAHA
    riiiiight

    ever hre of the phrase
    sex drugs and rock n roll
    thats your social grace
    and i doubt the vatican is doing any of those
    at the dinner table during "grace"

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:30am

    She is losing it

    But what about the kids trying to make it in this business? If you're not an established band, if you don't have a hit single, they're gonna drop you.

    How is that related to the internet?

    There are a lot of people out there as talented as we were, but they can't sustain being in a rock 'n' roll band for long without success.
    In your days Stevie, but with the internet, that is just not true anymore.
    Ehhh.. damn kids, get off my lawn!

     

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    Kevin (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:33am

    Again

    Why can't these old rockers just retire in piece. I mean I'm sure that many of them have blown through most of the millions they had back in their hay day, but making uninformed comments about how music has been destroyed isn't going to help them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:42am

    Stevie who?

     

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    designerfx (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:44am

    old and ignorant

    there are two common types of old people: those that go with the flow, and those that go against it (and I don't mean trendsetting - that's going with the flow).

    Obviously said fleetwood singer is quite ignorant and old, is that any surprise? I agree she should actually try to understand the issues (and fails to), but really, she's so old it's "get off my lawn" material.

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:45am

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    If anything destroyed rock, it's that shrieking harpy

    Yes, but harpies can actually move men with their voices. Again I have to side with the South Park guys on this one, she sounds more like a bleating old goat.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:50am

    Getting old

    Stevie Nicks: "Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!"

     

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    E. A. Goldman, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:51am

    Getting old

    Stevie Nicks: "Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:55am

    The internet (and the hardware manufacturers) gave them the chance to get rid of the labels, to be more independent, but it seems most of them refuse to embrace it.

    I don't understand why they don't try to share their music through the p2p technology. Make an association and make a tracker like the piratebay, charge a few bucks for unlimited downloads per month/year. I would pay.

     

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    DearMrMiller (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:56am

    I mean really...

    "These kids today don't have a chance of blowing as much coke up their asses as I did in my day!"

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:56am

    Feh - Her and the rest of the Hippies Screwed it up

    Children no longer develop social graces. They don't hang out anymore

    Children no longer hang out because they are no longer permitted to hang out. Children are no longer permitted to hang out because of her generation's so called "social graces". Fuck rock and roll, it died with Chuck Berry, and was burned by the self-important losers hanging out on corners acting lewd and doing drugs in public, thinking they were "something". Thanks for fucking every following generation's childhood, idiot losers.

     

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    R. Miles (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:57am

    I'd like to join in on the fun.

    Old people are more destructive than the atomic bomb. They simply don't understand technology and its users. Instead of trying to embrace technology, they'd rather nuke it, blame it for all of the woes in society, then scream for it to get off their lawn.

    At least they have social grace. I mean, what better way to learn about social grace than to listen to complaints about the way things are. I thought social grace meant never pointing the fingers at those to blame? Guess I sit corrected. Thanks, Stevie.

    By the way: A record label is what tells parents about explicit lyrics. :P

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 9:57am

    I'm not sure Nicks ever presented the rebellious rock star image very well, if at all. Not sure about Mellancamp either, to tell the truth.

    Is it just me or is it that the rockers who most fit the rebellious "screw you" mode, The Stones, are the only ones to point out that the record companies are not the artist's friend as Mick Jagger has? I'm sure others may have but it's only Mick that I've seen "in print" on the Net.

    Nicks isn't just "comfortable" she's rolling in it wealthy. She's one of the one in a million that made it, recording contract, major label, indie or any other way.

    Stevie, there's still clubs around, places for people to play and hone their skills and presentation. There's better ways to connect with other musicians and that horrible bunch called fans and it's that very Internet that you dislike so much.

    As for social skills, the younguns are doing just fine, thank you, far better than we mouthy boomers were doing at their age in many respects. Of course we were all too busy rebelling, drinking, smoking pot and getting fat with the marijuana munchies, weren't we?

    As far as aging bands go I'll pay money to see the Stones, Jethro Tull and a few others who remember that they both have to play well and entertain at the same time rather than the tired, boring and still incredibly dull Fleetwood Mac sets you guys still put on.

    In short, Stevie, at your age isn't it seriously time you grew up?

     

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    Stephen, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:01am

    gladwell on fleetwood mac

    Here's Malcolm Gladwell on how it took Fleetwood Mac, with and without Nicks, to hit it big, including 10 years of support from Atlantic, something Nicks says would never happen today:

    http://www.examiner.com/music-marketing-motivation-in-national/malcolm-gladwell-on-fleetwo od-mac-style-success

     

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    Ron (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:08am

    For What She's Worth

    Stevie Nicks: digitally re-mummbled.

     

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    Mr. LemurBoy (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:24am

    I never could figure out, while growing up, how some of these rock n roll stars could pass themselves off as anti-establishment when they were signed to these giant companies and distributed at stores in the mall. The kids trying to make it in the business and using the internet to do so are the ones that are really bucking the establishment.

     

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    Chintan Kotadia, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:25am

    Lol :D
    Nice article.
    Phrase, used by stevie are amazing. Ha Ha

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:26am

    Re: gladwell on fleetwood mac

    Outside of the first album after Nicks joined it's too bad it happened then.

    Fleetwood Mac at least had chops as a blues band and not the mush they churned out when they became a sad reflection of a poor, somewhat talented pop band.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:37am

    Hmm anyone have a question for stevie Nicks???

    There is an ask Stevie section on her official web site. I wonder if she is going to go through the same crap that happened to Lily Allen because of this.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:38am

    The day after the techdirt article on John Mellencamp I heard on NPR that he has a new album coming out. I think his rant has more to do with publicity and trying to guilt people into buying his new album than anything else.

    I won't be surprised if I hear about a new Stevie Nicks album tomorrow.

    Is techdirt just playing into their hands?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:46am

    Heh, I agree that her statements could probably be translated as "I'm getting old and progress scares me". But, this is probably the most telling part of the quote:

    "If you're not an established band, if you don't have a hit single, they're gonna drop you."

    Erm, yeah, that's the problem and that's what really "killed rock". Real rock & roll is about attitude, creativity and rebellion. Hit singles depend on conformity and widespread appeal (as inoffensive as possible, please). These are not compatible ideals with a few rare exceptions, bands that often get ignored or dropped from labels before some executive realises what they have.

    What's "killed rock" is record labels trying to treat rock bands as though they were boy bands in search of profit. I'm not massively familiar with the band's back catalogue, but wasn't selling out like this what people criticise Fleetwood Mac for in the first place?

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:51am

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    Here please tell Stevie what you really think of her at her official website.

    And yes sometimes I really am an asshole

     

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    interval (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 11:37am

    She used to be so hot...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 11:52am

    The indie Internet Music Scene does need a central location to find bands and acts, because the internet can also be a huge vacuum where your music and url gets sucked into a never ending cloud where no one can find you. The search engines suck collecting new web sites even when you follow the rules. We need a web site where they don't sell music, they don't let you download music. They just do profiles of music acts and venues to allow the users / fans to find them by many different categories and then get a profile and a link to them. I don't know how to financially support it unless the musical acts pay a small fee to support the site. The more acts on the site the smaller the payment per act. No one needs to make money off of this service because it is a public service and would help both the fans and the acts. The big problem today is that everyone just wants to get rich on the internet.

     

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    Phillip Vector (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 11:53am

    Weird Al

    Weird Al is someone who took this idea and ran with it. I paid $125 for seats that were worth $30. Why? Because he added value content (Collectible cards, Signed photo, etc.). It was wonderful as well when during one song, he took off his shirt and there was a T-Shirt that said, "Alantic Records STILL sucks". :)

    Sorry if this is a bit off topic. Just had to share. :)

     

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    airrdkl (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 12:18pm

    money whores.

     

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    chrobrego (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 12:30pm

    Article is a bit arrogant

    Mike,

    Have some respect. Stevie Nicks is a recording icon and I give her the benefit of the doubt when she speaks about rock and what it takes to make it in the recording industry -- internet or no internet. Until you release your first hit single, I think you know about as much about it as I do -- which is nothing.

    Just because the internet is liberating doesn't make it a good business model for 'making it' as a band.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 12:38pm

    Fleetwood Mac hasn't been good since the end of the Peter Green/Green Manalishi days...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 12:52pm

    Never heard of her or her music and yes I'm above 40.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 1:01pm

    OMG now I know why I haven't heard of her or fleawood whatever, they are dreadful.

     

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    nasch (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Article is a bit arrogant

    Until you release your first hit single, I think you know about as much about it as I do -- which is nothing.

    There's that old trope again.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Again

    ...or alternately. Why don't these geezers try to actually do something about it. Use the internet to help new artists or do the whole old school touring thing where you had a bunch of acts on one marquee.

    These boomers simply aren't paying forward. It's a pervasive attitude that's even worse and more damaging than the whole "thieving culture" that is pervasive in the younger generations.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 1:46pm

    No, She is a bit arrogant

    No matter how "leet" Stevie is, she's still out of touch and speaking strictly as a 3rd person observe. She can't do anything else. What really matters are the opinions of the bands she arrogantly presumes to champion.

    She's the arrogant and presumptuous one.

    Perhaps SHE personally would have a hard time making it today. Since she is a relic, that's not hard to fathom.

     

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    Tom Landry (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 1:53pm

    you know, "social graces" like smoking coke, whacking heroin, beating your liver into submission with Jack Daniels and fucking every guy/gal who arouses you.

    Stevie is in her sunset years, time to get on the bus to the dog track.

     

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    herodotus (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Re: Article is a bit arrogant

    "Until you release your first hit single, I think you know about as much about it as I do -- which is nothing."

    "There's that old trope again."


    Yes.

    I wonder, does this apply to politicians as well?


    "When you get to be the governor of New York, then you can criticize David Paterson. Not before."

     

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    Karl (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 2:50pm

    Yay Stevie

    I actually kind of agree with her about the "social graces" part, but you could easily say the same thing about TV. It's also a bit ironic that this message is coming from her, as every jeans-jacketed, keg-swilling Fleetwood Mac fan I've ever met has all the "social graces" of a herd of buffalo.

    Likewise, she's correct when she says "if you don't have a hit single, they're gonna drop you." But had been a problem for a long, LONG time before the internet came along. Like, since the 80's. She'd already made it big by then, so I guess she's out of touch with musicians who aren't pop stars, which should surprise nobody.

    It's kind of useless to listen to people like her talk about the music business. I've briefly met one or two rock stars, and it's astounding how little they actually know about the business that sustains them. That business is built to groom pop stars like her, which involves isolating them from anyone who isn't an industry official or another pop star. It's no wonder she can't think straight.

    Thank God that system is on the way out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 2:52pm

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    Ever stumble across a radio in your 40+ years? Jesus.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Aug 25th, 2010 @ 3:15pm

    Re: Article is a bit arrogant

    "Stevie Nicks is a recording icon and I give her the benefit of the doubt when she speaks about rock and what it takes to make it in the recording industry "

    I don't. She has no concept of what it takes to "make it" in the modern industry, since she's been a well-known and successful musician for over 3 decades at this point. Her band was old hat before I even started going to gigs and buying CDs as a teenager, and I'm 35. What perspective does that give her, other than things don't work like they used to?

    "Until you release your first hit single, I think you know about as much about it as I do -- which is nothing."

    Ah, that old saw. Well, I know exactly as much as Nicks does about making a hit debut single in the modern incarnation of the industry, which is absolutely nothing. I also feel free to comment on stupid mistakes being made in the industry, although I also have the grace to apologise and admit errors when they happen. This happens rarely with the current industry's actions.

    "Just because the internet is liberating doesn't make it a good business model for 'making it' as a band."

    We're yet to hear a good reason why, other than it makes life difficult for unimaginative incumbent millionaires and middlemen. It also depends on your definition of "making it". Before the major labels came along, making enough money from your music to feed your family was "making it", not hoarding obscene fortunes. Maybe returning to an era where making a comfortable living from your talent was an acceptable goal isn't such a bad thing?

     

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    DS, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 3:49pm

    "If you're not an established band, if you don't have a hit single, they're gonna drop you."

    Because that never happened before the internet?

    lol

     

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    Kathy, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 10:27pm

    Nicks comment

    Nicks out of touch???? Ya right. Show some respect. What Stevie Nicks says is true in many ways. The music business has to be different now because the music is. I think one's opinion is based on what kind of music they listen to. I have a feeling you don't dig too many "Rock" bands. You know, where they actually play and sing without all the technolgy to over dub, or whatever you call it....voices, etc.
    Stevie Nicks is a Rock Legend and if she says the Internet is destroying Rock....well then....it must be.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2010 @ 11:12pm

    So sad to hear this. My wife and I spent $300 to see her a few years ago and now I can't see me spending another penny on yet another artist that has no idea what they are talking about. The internet has helped and is currently a large tool in todays new bands. The RIAA is on its way out due to its own greed. I hope she would reconsider her stand or she will find that she will be standing alone.

     

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    Deirdre, Aug 26th, 2010 @ 5:45am

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    I caught part of this. At the end of the interview it was mentioned that NPR was streaming some of the songs from the album-- over the internet!

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Aug 26th, 2010 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Nicks comment

    I always knew there was something odd about her. A legend as in doesn't exist, ethereal just like her alter ego Rhiannon.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Aug 26th, 2010 @ 1:14pm

    Re:

    Look up their back catalogue before Buckingham and Nicks joined up. Let's see now a song called Hypnotized, if memory serves.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Aug 27th, 2010 @ 2:58am

    Could this be an attempt to harness the Streisand Effect? By screaming like a pig on how bad the internet is for their business, they get media attention, and maybe sell a few records/tickets?

    Though, I don't think it's working.
    It's causing a Reverse Streisand Effect. By complaining about this in such a ignorant fashion, she shows her age and frankly her irrelevance to todays culture.

    I, for one, will not be buying a ticket for a Stevie Nicks concert.

     

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    Karl (profile), Aug 27th, 2010 @ 11:27am

    Re: Nicks comment

    I guess this is directed at me?

    Nicks out of touch???? Ya right. Show some respect.

    It's not a matter of respect, it's a matter of circumstance. When was the last time she listened to an unsigned band in a dive bar?

    What Stevie Nicks says is true in many ways. The music business has to be different now because the music is.

    Except she's not saying the music business has to be different, she's complaining that it is. She's saying things are bad becuase the music business is different.

    I think one's opinion is based on what kind of music they listen to. I have a feeling you don't dig too many "Rock" bands. You know, where they actually play and sing without all the technolgy to over dub, or whatever you call it....voices, etc.

    I listen to plenty of rock music, though it's mostly non-major-label stuff, so I doubt you've heard of any of it. The bit about "over dub" doesn't make any sense - Fleetwood Mac overdubbed vocals on every album they made. Maybe you mean "auto-tune?" I don't listen to that stuff.

    Stevie Nicks is a Rock Legend and if she says the Internet is destroying Rock....well then....it must be.

    Let's switch one rock star for another, then maybe you'll see where you went wrong:

    "Bill Gates is a Computer Legend and if he says Linux is destroying Software....well then....it must be."

     

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    Dan Zee (profile), Aug 30th, 2010 @ 1:07pm

    Record companies are not your friend

    Ah, yes, things were nice back in the '70s when you were the biggest band in the world. Your record company spent $1 million in studio fees to have you record "Tusk" which immediately went into the cutout bins by the millions.

    But you haven't been paying attention. When the record companies consolidated down to just 4 major players, they CUT hundreds of rock bands, some of whom had hit records. They didn't sell ENOUGH hit records to matter to the accountants who took over the music business.

    They decided that rock wasn't necessary and concentrated on hip-hop and r&b acts since that segment was selling the most CDs. Well, you don't expand any business by contracting your field of interest. And that's what the record industry did.

     

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    The Music Void, Aug 31st, 2010 @ 7:54am

    Maybe its the Music

    Maybe itís as simple as people just arenít interested enough in their music anymore to pay for it. http://bit.ly/9NwQEj

     

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    Rick Kepple, Sep 11th, 2010 @ 9:40am

    Stevie's financial stability

    Okay, first she tried to enlist my assistance in this and I write on the Internet. I refused and she won't talk to me anymore even after taking on her Internet stalker after he threatened Obama, but the guy crossed the line into national security issues. Reprise Records let that guy progress and publicist Liz Rosenberg "resigned" as a result. Secondly, the woman is a hypocrite! Concerts are announced on the Internet. The Nicksfix is on the Internet. Fleetwood Mac's site is on the Web. Heck, she probably even gets direct deposit of her royalty checks courtesy of the Internet! That's not even the start of it. Nicks apparently has connections with the Arizona Republic azcentral.com site because her parents met while working for that paper long ago and now offensive bloggers are being cut leaving only approved bloggers, according to some bloggers who are being cut. No doubt she had something to do with that because you can't mention her name on azcentral.com without being attacked by a committee. I used to like that woman, but I'm a journalist and she crossed the line into censorship. She seeks only to retain her wealth and she doesn't care one bit about the new artists. All she wants to do is leave a legacy as some old cokehead that suddenly cares. Folks, I'm also a disabled veteran and I know veterans who were at Walter Reed. One was given her phone number to call if he needed anything and the wounded hero called and Barbara Nicks (just call me Mom) said Stevie didn't want to talk to him. The woman has a pattern of lying to her public. Sorry Stevie, but you crossed the line.

     

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    Rick Kepple, Sep 21st, 2010 @ 8:05pm

    Clarifying the Stevie thing

    I used to be a journalist and not all of my facts are straight yet, but I have had to learn a lot about Stevie Nicks. You see, the VA insisted that I go on VA for pain suffered in the military. It caused some amnesia and possibly hallucinations that seemed like real memories! Too much to go into here, but in the journey to find the truth of my own life, I've helped Stevie Nicks. I've also criticized her. Didn't mean to focus on her, but for some reason ... I don't know. I just go by evidence is all I can do and the evidence says that while Stevie is benefitting from the Internet, she is also condemning it which makes no sense. I have found her to be a woman of honor. Everyone that knows her says she's nice and sincere, so she probably means well. BTW, the morphine wasn't needed in my case and that doctor has since resigned. I don't the government ever expected me to go looking for Stevie Nicks which probably saved my life because I was messed up. So I got quite an education of Nicks in unraveling my own life to verify what memories were true and which weren't.

     

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    Rick Kepple, Oct 4th, 2010 @ 5:18pm

    An Internet music story

    I took a teenager into a radio station today for an audition and I asked to see the program manager and walked right in, and I've worked with him before. Introduced the kid and said he might have something they'd play on the air. So the manager brought up the kid's Myspace site and played a few songs and told him to bring in a professionally made product of the second song and they'd be more than happy to play it. Even recommended professional musicians to talk to for getting things done. So Sir Elton John says the Internet is bad for music. WRONG! Stevie Nicks says it's bad for kids, but this teen hangs out with others while putting their original songs on the Internet and John Mellencamp said it's the atomic bomb, but the only thing explosive was "Nick West" from a trailer park in Waynesville Missouri getting his song auditioned. He plays acoustic guitar, he's from a broken home and the Internet is giving him his chance. The only thing John, Nicks and Mellencamp don't like are their profits disappearing due to the competition making original songs. Maybe not better songs, but these kids are getting a chance in life! What are John, Nicks and Mellencamp doing? So far, all my work is free and I've helped a lot of people. What have they done?

     

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