Could SPIN Magazine's ten ways to fix the music business help the art scene?
1) Make CDs cheaper. This is obvious you wouldn't think it should have to be spoken. But we're saying it anyway. After two decades, CDs should not be more expensive than they once were.
2) Stop indulging artists. (here SPIN talks about the bloated, overpriced behemoth as the dreaded double disk. They call everyone, Christian Aguilara, REd Hot Chili Peppers, Oukast...and reissuing the same CD a few months later "expanded". Yes, Bruce, that's you. Does this sound like the bloated overpriced behemoth of the art market?)
3)Have a TV network launch the songwriting equivalent of American Idol.
4) Give up the ghost of the blockbuster album. (okay...that really sounds like Major Art Galleries.)
5) Only release certain kinds of music on CD. The fact that Barry Manilow was able to reclaim the No.1 spot on the album chart with his karaoke-style covers albums proves conclusively that boomers are buying more CDs than younger music fans. So if a particular CD is mainly going to appeal to someone below the age of 30, go digital-it'll be better for the environment, too.
6) Cut concert prices.
7) Stop making it so hard to choose between formats. ( Is this a cousin to popsurrealism versus the notion of historically correct?)
8) Fully embrace the web. Instead of making threats when an unauthorized song or video shows up on mySpace or YouTube, majors should welcome the exposure. In its early days, MTV made you want to buy records and go to shows. The Web has the ability to provide those same thrills. (Peter Plagens in Art In America wrote: "Exceptions [to reader disinterest in art critics] exist -- as with the lead critics for a few of the major dailies -- but they don't abound. More and more people in the audience for contemporary art would rather read Tyler Green snark somebody in his blog, Modern Art Notes, than ponder the considered judgment of Michael Kimmelman on a MoMA retrospective. Many art writers have either added unpaid blogging to their activities or been squeezed into it from want of other, traditional outlets -- for which many bloggers don't have enough writerly inclination or discipline, anyway. Each of those art bloggers has a following of fans and other bloggers, and each of those bloggers has... and so on. A growing form of art criticism consists of posting links to other people's criticism, which consists of posting links... and so on." For more read Edward Winkleman
9) Reinvent the record store. We're approaching a time when anyone who walks into a record store will truly be like those obsessives in High Fidelity. So why not cater to them? Sell only indie, alt rock, and hip-hop, not to mention vinyl and every type of iPod and iPod competitior.
10) Stop releasing crap.