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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    There two reasons to read this book. Your interests being-1- the sociology of music/culture in 1970's. 2-the complexity of of the transglobal music business before digital music. The book was published in 1984. The author reviews the state of the music industry in various countries in Africa, South America, Asia, The Caribbean and parts of the U.K. In the 70's, governments of many small countries cultivated and funded the advancement of a homegrown musical culture In some cases it was in opposit There two reasons to read this book. Your interests being-1- the sociology of music/culture in 1970's. 2-the complexity of of the transglobal music business before digital music. The book was published in 1984. The author reviews the state of the music industry in various countries in Africa, South America, Asia, The Caribbean and parts of the U.K. In the 70's, governments of many small countries cultivated and funded the advancement of a homegrown musical culture In some cases it was in opposition to the dominant musical influence of England and the U.S. Conversely, a government would limit the musical culture as part of dictatorial control of its people. On the business side, I had no idea how complex the royalty infrastructure could be, especially with distribution restrictions for the two main formats- vinyl albums and cassettes. It would seem that digital music distribution would provide a transparency where the money could be traced. I also found some of the case studies of artists in regions where bootlegs outsold commercial product inspiring. Especially when in the face of illegal commerce, the artists used it to their advantage by generating income from live performances. This parallels a current debate over digital music streaming as cannibalization of musicians income. The author provides more than enough statistical data :). He is anti-conglomerate, which I found refreshing for this time period.

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    Stas

  3. 4 out of 5

    Osayimwese Osagboro

  4. 5 out of 5

    Razvan M

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