David Byrne on the music business

Let me ask you a question:

Would you take a job where you were paid a random salary that varied from day to day without any explanation from your company as to how they arrived at the amount?

If you would, then “welcome to the music industry!”

Here’s an article by David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) which appeared in the July 31, 2015 issue of The New York Times.

Even as a musician who realizes that the whole music industry is in turmoil, I was shocked to hear what goes on with royalty statements and the like.

I can’t add much to the article, so I’ll let you read it for yourself. It’s an eye-opener.

(The lyrics of the Talking Heads’ 1980 song Once In A Lifetime seem strangely appropriate here.)

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