Buying an album has become a political act

London Free Press – Dan Brown – Web Exclusive – Buying an album has become a political act

To go to the trouble of actually walking into a record store and paying full price for an actual CD is now a transaction that carries with it all kinds of meaning. It signifies that a music lover is making a choice to support a particular group or musician. It’s a way of saying “I’m casting a vote in favour of the record labels and all of the traditional gatekeepers of the recording industry.”

Or, I would like to add, buying music directly from an artist’s website, either in platic disc or digital format, is casting a vote for that artist, AND for the future of the music industry, or at least one vision of the future of the music industry.

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