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HEDONISM Tony Fletcher's debut novel now available at British book stores and through amazon.co.uk.
Musicroom.com ships Hedonism air-mail to the USA for $22.22.
More info on Hedonism here.

REMARKS REMADE The first ever R.E.M. biography fully updated with ten new chapters covering Reveal and beyond. Available at UK bookstores, amazon.co.uk and musicroom. Available at select stores in the States and through BN.com.

MOON The American edition of the Keith Moon biography is available in paperback at book stores, amazon.com, bn.com and amazon co.uk. More info here

DEAR BOY The British edition of the Keith Moon biography is available in paperback at book stores, amazon.com and amazon co.uk. More info here.

Limited hardback editions of Dear Boy/Moon remain available through amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and barnes&noble.com.


Never Stop: The Echo & The Bunnyment Story is out of print.

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MUSIC & THE ONLINE WEB: quotes from the front line

"We gave our record away for free and made the industry very uncomfortable, but it worked. More people heard it and knew it was something they wanted."
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco on how the free Internet distribution of their 'rejected' album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot actually helped it become their best-selling album, Newsweek, Jan 20, 2003.
"We're not swayed. Somebody will say, If you do this, you'll get on telly. And we say 'That's really not a given – and I don't like the odds. I'd much rather do something that I believe in, and if you like it, that's fantastic, and if you don't like it, I can live with that.'"
Karl Hyde of Underworld on How Not To be A Pop Star. Read the full interview here.
"At a certain intersection of disposable income and spare time, it makes much less sense to go through the hassle of downloading an album's worth of songs, burning a CD, and printing artwork than it does to buy the damn thing."
Douglas Wolk explains, sensibly, in the Village Voice, why today's freeloading-downloading student may well grow up to be tomorrow's capitalist consumer adult, March 23.
"For bands that tour, giving away their music becomes a form of cheap advertising. The more free copies that are passed around, the more tickets they sell."

Kevin Kelley envisages many different futures of music in the New York Times magazine, March 18.
"If you put a bunch of shit in a bag and it keeps spinning around, the centrifugal force keeps it together. But then, if its slows down, everything falls apart. That's kind of what being in a band is like."
Jason Schwartzman, Rushmore star, explains why he's the right man to play Keith Moon (quoted in The Onion, March 6 2002)
"When a person gets a record deal, people get excited because they think they might be next. In a way that's true. It usually happens in spurts. Record companies don't know what the fuck is going on so if the critics say something is happening down here, then Clive - or whoever - will come down and check it out. And if somebvody gets signed, record executives get paranoid and think they're missing out on something, so they sign some people. Then it all dies down and they all get dropped."

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT, as quoted in 'HOOT: A 25 Year History of the Greenwich Village Music Scene,' published in 1986. Things don't change much.
"I decided to give up with this stupid idea of writing songs for order. I thought at this stage of my life, I've written enough songs, and I didn't need any more songs unless they're going to be really great. So I basically quit. . . .Then I wondered, what would be the antithesis of this brand of working? Well I'm going to form a band and play in a bar. . . All of a sudden we had a band, we were having fun, and I was writing songs again because I was excited to be in a band."
Lloyd Cole explains the joys of leaving a major label (because they kept demanding "hits") and starting over again.
"For so many people there's this kind of myth spread about these dreams that you can achieve. That's not realistic. The odds aren't presented to people properly. Better that we all chill out and enjoy what it is that we do, and play music for your friends at parties because you really enjoy it."

Rick Smith explains Underworld's laudable approach to the music business in Revolution magazine, 1.4
When they say: "We're not doing any interviews to promote our album."
They really mean: ""We're not doing any interviews, to promote our album."
Q Magazine nails the Radiohead syndrome, February 2001.
""It's astonishing how dark your life can get without you even noticing. It slips and slips further away. You think it's just stress so you push on. And that gets you into even worse situations and you slide further...."

TRICKY on dealing with depression in the late nineties.
"Concerts today are a joke. . . .It would be much more honest if at pop concerts the star just got up there and told stories: 'Well, I got to the studio and I was like way off key, but the producer had this machine that fixed everything so it sounded perfect, and that's how I got my platinum record and why you all love me so much.'"

Nile Rodgers,
' the New York Times (Feb 11) Arts and Leisure section cover story 'Strike the Band'
"You can make as much effort as you want, but ultimately if people want to buy your records they'll buy them. And if radio stations want to play your record they'll play it, even if you've shat all over them in the past. If you're going to do anything in music that's attractive to other people, it's best to just relax and get on with it. If you don't, you're going to make unattractive music."
Raymond McGinley, Teenage Fanclub, as quoted in The Creation Records Story
"For a record company to assume that they can sign an artist is to me very pretentious and presumptuous. I think a record company should be able to get signed to an artist. I feel that's what is going to be happening with the internet now... People are going to be able to hire different services that are integrated by the web, and then they can find somebody who can bring those service providers together as a partnership, or they can partner their service companies to create their own distribution, manufacturing, production, publicity or record company on their own."
Sally Taylor, daughter of Carly Simon and James Taylor, decides to go a different route to find her own success - self-funded and independent. (From an interview now up here in full.)
"The amount of time companies spend stressing about getting a record on radio you would think that the idea of some big global listening post would make perfect sense."
Damien Harris, aka Midfield General and boss of (Fatboy Slim's label) Skint Records, DJ Mag, Oct 6.
"Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

- Samuel Beckett must have lived in New York!

MORE MUSINGS ON MUSIC

MUSIC AND THE ONLINE WEB: A personal view, dated July and December 2000
MUSIC AND THE ONLINE WEB: Quotes from the front lines, 2000 and 2001
MUSIC AND THE ONLINE WEB: Quotes from the front lines, 2002 Aand 2003
IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL LIE IF I WANT TO: What They Didn't tell You At The Grammys
FINALSCRATCH: THE FUTURE OF DJING?
2001: The Year In Review. Includes top albums, reissues, songs, concerts and books. And comments on the Village Voice Poll of 2001.(
2002: The Year In Review. Includes top albums, singles, concerts, books, reissues - and ten major memoriesAPRIL 2001)


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