RIP Scott Timberg and GoFundMe Page

We were devastated to hear of the death of Scott Timberg, a good friend of the artist rights movement and gifted writer.  His most recent work the definitive Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class will be a vital resource for advocates for many years to come.

A GoFundMe memorial and college fund page was set up by David Dailey for Scott’s wife and son.  We urge everyone to contribute something however small.

@themisreadcity: Spotify is making you boring: When algorithms shape music taste, human curiosity loses

Despite some old-school comebacks like the rise in vinyl sales, we’re now in a very different world of music consumption than we were in at the turn of the century or before. Many younger music lovers have almost no experience with record stores, with independent radio stations, with music coverage in their local paper that ranges outside mega-selling acts. But, the cyber utopians tell us, the explosion of the web, of steaming services that include almost every song ever recorded, lead to all kinds of niche-listening, all kinds of previously overlooked types of music to thrive.

But getting people to listen to a wide range of music doesn’t seem to be happening, and it has consequences not just for musicians but for fans.

Read the post on Salon.

@LCraneTapeOp: Beware of the “Winner Takes All” Phenomenon

Very insightful must read post by the erudite Larry Crane of Tape Op Magazine prompted by another must read book by Scott Timberg (@themisreadcity):

I’ve been curious about the changes going on all around us in the music world. The Internet, the recession, and the gutting of the music business income had a tangible effect on business for my studio, magazine, and production career. Over time I’ve noticed that among the artists I work with, there are less and less making any sort of living from music alone. I recently picked up and read the book Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class by Scott Timberg. In this study, Timberg examines what has happened, as well as examining the changes wrought by the Internet and the recession… But one of the factors he brings to the fore is an essential dumbing down of American culture, as driven by the “winner takes all” mindset. What exactly is “winner takes all”? Timberg uses a great example with the Olympics, where a gold medal winner might go on to reap the benefits of lucrative endorsements and deals, whereas the silver medal winner most likely gets shuttled off to relative obscurity. This is the business of music that I personally abhor. This is the world of Top 10 sales lists, Grammy Awards telecasts, boring commercial radio, and million dollar music videos.

Read the post at TapeOp.