Toronto Mike

Rock 'n' Roll Is Just Melodious Air


New York Press has a neat article about The Tragically Hip entitled "Hip Check: The biggest band in Canada is not from Montreal".

The article includes a great quote from Gord Downie regarding the effect downloading has had on the music business.

I’ve always felt that rock ’n’ roll is just melodious air. I get perplexed when music gets blunted at the border by some artificial demarcation line—whether a corporate border or a technological one. Music, or any kind of art, is like water, and it needs to be able to find its way. Fifteen years ago, we would have needed a licensing deal, some kind of emissary to chaperone our music into the same kinds of places that it’s getting to naturally these days. It’s fluid; it’s just doing what it should be doing.


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