Paul Moffett

Down On The Corner
By Paul Moffett

• Capitalist philosophers like to prate on about the glories of “creative destruction,” the process by which one sort of business is replaced by another, more efficient sort of business. Working capitalists also champion the process, right up to the moment when their particular business appears to be in danger of being “creatively destroyed,” at which point said capitalists convert to “central planning” and go looking for government assistance to save their butts – and their profits. So it is with the major record labels, which are being “creatively destroyed” at the moment by the new models of digital distribution of music, rendering the CD model obsolete. The labels, which for many years relied upon and, indeed, bribed radio stations to play their music for free are now demanding that the government change the arrangement and make radio pay performance royalties as well as the traditional songwriter royalties. The labels now claim that radio has been getting a free ride and that radio airplay does not generate CD sales. They pull a thin blanket over their hypocrisy by claiming that they are doing this to ‘benefit the musicians.’

It is to laugh – they tried suing their customers, which proved to be a very poor idea, and now seek government help, which, if provided, might have the unintended effect of damaging the radio industry and resulting in less airplay. If you are a musician, try to stay out of the way of the falling elephants.

• Your Ball-Buster Hard MUSIC Report, published by David La Duke, is out and available at www.BallBusterMUSIC.com. La Duke and his new band, billed as David La Duke & The Dukester's Rockers, will perform at the Indianapolis Metal Fest on September 22. More info here: http://www.indianapolismetalfest.com/

• The recently staged Master Musician’s Festival in Glasgow (KY) was so successful that their board allocated $7,500 to buy instruments for kids. To make that money go as far as possible, they’re looking for all the help they can get. If you have an instrument that you'd like to donate -or if you'd like to make a monetary contribution to this project - please contact Robyn at 606.677.1077 or email at mastermusicians@alltel.net

• Get out your calendars – The National Jug Band Jubilee will be staged at Iroquois Amphitheatre on October 12 and 13, with the Juggernaut Jug Band,  Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Dirdy Birdies Jug Band, plus more, appearing. More info at http://www.jugbandjubilee.org/