I don’t know if this treatise by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Bernard Zuel on the state of the music industry adds a lot to the debate (it’s largely stating the bleeding obvious, for much of the way) but it’s a fair read. It's probably being hanging around for a week or so as one of those "timedless readsw" that newspapers roll out only when they have space.
The real questions though are how the industry needs to change and if it’s adept enough to do so.
Two more things:
- Bernard writes about “low profile” independent bands not needing the music industry but scarcely goes near anything that's not high-profile folk-pop in his reviews. And indie as he may be technically speaking, you’d hardly call John Butler “low profile”, would you?
- The SMH wouldn't know rock if it bit them on the arse.