Today is a day off from work, but I am taking the time on this dreaded Black Friday to post a link I enjoyed reading on The Guardian last week, because when the electrodes have been applied to the consumption centers of our brains, there’s no time like the present to review just how far off the tracks pop music has careened in these, the end times! The rise of the hyper-limited edition, elite rock product began with the exploitation of the Classic Rock audience, which makes sense, since Baby Boomers probably have what little money the industry can suck down in the times we live in.
Now, we have 19 disc Dead Or Alive boxes and the time is rapidly approaching [already here] when cult acts have $100+ issues of their back catalog to siphon the most money from the least audience in defiance of the egalitarian origins of pop music. I’ve posted for years on the essential wrongness of this trend, and it was gratifying to finally see someone else picking up on my same sense of outrage. The Guardian story ran recently and can be found here, as written by John Harris. For a reminder of my stance on the same topic, you could always click here. If I had a nose full of nickels from all of the music related Black Friday email I received today [all of it unopened and trashed] I might even be able to afford one of these Boxed Sets Of Mammon but purchase would have to wait for another day. On Black Friday… just say no.