Before The Music Dies: Lyrics Lounge on the Future of the Music Industry

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Sessions

Lyrics Lounge: Session XIII

January 28, 2011

Is the integrity of the music business suffering due to the commercialization of art in culture? Many fans and music practitioners believe that it is. In a world where the proliferation of original music content is overwhelming, why does it seem as if the major radio channels, music charts, and music stores reflect such limited diversity? Today artist who sell stay in rotation for months (and even years). Subsequently, some believe that defining a successful artist in terms of “dollars and cents” compromises the true value of the music industry and makes it impossible for new artists to rise.

To discuss this issue, Lyrics Lounge screened Before the Music Dies (2006), an independent rockumentary directed by Andrew Shapter. The film critiques the American music industry and the increased commercialization of the art of music over the past thirty years. The film features interviews and performances from musicians such as Doyle Bramhall II, Erykah Badu, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Branford Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and My Morning Jacket.

Our theme of the day was ” Get Rich or Die Singing.” The students rocked out to the open mic at the end. Fortunately, the tone of the film did not dampen their rhymes. ‘Til next week.


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