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FRIDAY 15 JUNE 2012
THE MUSIC BUSINESS WEEK IN FIVE
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Has there really been a decade of Lovebox? Yes, there has, and to celebrate this weekend we get an extra special three days of Lovebox action in Vicky Park, East London, starting round about now. Actually, for dance music lovers today probably has the strongest line-up If you're London-based, I'd recommend stopping what you are doing and getting down there now more>>
TOP STORIES
- Tesco takes 91% stake in We7
- Universal's EMI deal to get congressional hearing next week
IN THE POP COURTS
- US prosecutors hit back in MegaUpload case
AWARDS & CONTESTS
- Submissions open for 2012 AIM awards
ARTIST DEALS
- Warp Records signs Mount Kimbie
RELEASE NEWS
- David Byrne and St Vincent set album release date, give away free download
- The Raveonettes to release LP
- Taken By Trees details new album
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Family Guy's MacFarlane to perform at Proms
- Jaga Jazzist to collaborate with Britten Sinfonia
- Stolen Recordings announces live London showcase
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up update
BRANDS & STUFF
- Motorhead license 'Bastards Lager'
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Warner UK launches new label services division
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Silver Bullet and The Big Agency buy into Grime Daily
- Global reportedly close to GMG Radio deal
AND FINALLY...
- CMU Beef Of The Week #114: Billy Corgan V Radiohead. Or pomposity (one of the two). Oh, and fascists.
HEAR NO EVIL PRODUCTIONS, MUSIC CONSULTANT / NEW BUSINESS
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INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER
Well established independent label require a forward thinking marketeer to plan and implement international strategies across the breadth of their roster. Working with our European distributors you will develop effective and creative local marketing, digital and promotional campaigns on growing roster of artists.

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UNION SQUARE MUSIC, DESIGNER
Union Square Music, one of the UK's most successful reissue and compilation specialists, is looking for an experienced in-house designer. Working collaboratively with the marketing team you will primarily be responsible for the concept, development and design of CD and digital covers, as well as the design of marketing and PR campaign materials, promotional materials, on-line advertising and the USM website.

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THE COLUMBO GROUP, PRESS & PROMOTIONS OFFICER
Independent nightclub, bar and restaurant group The Columbo Group are looking for a talented press & promotions officer. The job is to run all printed, online press and promotional campaigns across three of their venues, ensuring high press and sales targets are met.

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7DIGITAL, LABEL AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER GSA (CONSUMER TEAM)
7digital is seeking a talented individual to help manage its constantly-expanding network of music download and streaming services. You will be responsible for stores and consumer-facing services in Germany/Switzerland and Austria.

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TESCO TAKES 91% STAKE IN WE7
Tesco yesterday announced that it had bought a 91% stake in UK-based digital music service We7 for a neat £10.8 million. The acquisition kicks off yet another new era for the personalised radio platform, which has been through various incarnations over the years, most recently opting for a Pandora-style offer. It also comes after the departure of a number of key execs at the digital firm in recent months.

For Tesco, the deal is the latest move by the retail giant to expand its online operations, and follows last year's purchase of movie streaming service Blinkbox. The retailer reportedly plans to invest in the region of £150 million into its online services over the next two years, and seems to have ambitions to become a one-stop shop for digital entertainment, offering both download and streaming options, possibly linked to physical product or voucher card sales in-store.

We7 was originally founded in 2006 by John Taysom, with current CEO Steve Purdham and musician Peter Gabriel becoming founder investors in early 2007. At launch the core We7 offer was a slightly bizarre ad-funded download service, where tracks came with adverts stuck on at the start, with the option to download an ad-free version after a certain number of listens.

When that somewhat predictably failed to take off, We7 moved into on-demand streaming, putting it in competition with newer rival Spotify. Though We7 remained more committed to the ad-funded model, forming partnerships with various brands who - because the We7 service played through the browser - could embed playlists into their own websites. That said, a premium ad-free option, with mobile functionality, was subsequently added, Spotify-style.

Then, last year, We7 scaled back its free on-demand offer, focusing exclusively, for free users, on its Pandora-style personalised radio service. This element had always been much stronger on We7 than on Spotify (though Spotify did then relaunch its personalised radio function), and bosses at the UK-owned digital firm insisted that stats showed the less interactive version of their service had always been the most popular. Though it is also true that personalised radio is a lot cheaper to run than a truly on-demand digital jukebox, not least because the sound recording rights can be licensed through collecting society PPL rather than having to pay the labels directly, which is always more expensive.

Announcing the acquisition yesterday, Tesco's Digital Director Mark George told CMU: "Customers and technology together are transforming the way we listen to music. Tesco is already one of the UK's largest retailers of CDs; this move will help us offer a greater choice for the growing number of customers who want to access music instantly on any device, whenever and wherever they want. We7 has a great team and a good technology platform from which we can launch a range of digital music services in the future".

Purdham, meanwhile, added: "We are very excited by the prospect of teaming up with Tesco. With its loyal customer base, numerous marketing channels and international reach, we believe Tesco is the perfect partner to bring We7's music services to a wider audience. Tesco has been an innovator in entertainment retailing for many years and we look forward to continuing this innovation digitally".

It's not entirely clear as yet what Tesco plans to do with We7. Blinkbox currently remains a standalone company, but Tesco Clubcard holders are given free access to streaming versions of films they buy on DVD and Blu-ray in Tesco stores. A similar facility could be offered on music products via We7, though that would mean a further shift in the streaming service's business model, and may not be so attractive to casual music consumers, not least because it's so much easier to transfer content from CD to digital device (even if technically speaking that's not allowed).

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UNIVERSAL'S EMI DEAL TO GET CONGRESSIONAL HEARING NEXT WEEK
While next week's congressional hearing on Universal's proposed purchase of the EMI record company is actually something of a side show to the main regulatory investigations into the deal in both the US and Europe, it will likely be the most public airing of the arguments for and against the acquisition. And with five music industry veterans - Lucian Grainge, Roger Faxon, Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr and Martin Mills - all expected to speak, it should make for very interesting viewing.

As previously reported, American lobby groups Public Knowledge and the Consumer Federation Of America originally called on the Senate judiciary committee's antitrust panel to give time to considering the proposed Universal/EMI deal, and it emerged last month that such a hearing was being planned. According to Reuters, the congressional session will now take place next Thursday, 21 Jun.

Needless to say, Universal boss Grainge and EMI chief Faxon will speak in favour of the deal, as will Azoff, whose company Live Nation formed a joint venture with Universal Music last year. Edgar Bronfman Jr will speak for his former employer Warner Music, the major he once controlled as CEO and significant shareholder, and where he still sits on the board. Warner is opposing the deal, and Bronfman has been the most vocal critic to date from the Warner camp. Beggars Group boss Mills will likely speak for the wider indie label community, most of which also opposes a combined Universal EMI.

Gigi Sohn, president of the aforementioned Public Knowledge, will also speak against the deal. Both Public Knowledge and the CFA yesterday published a report expanding on their past opposition to the acquisition, explaining why they think an expanded Universal Music "will have a strong incentive and increased ability to exercise market power, particularly in undermining, delaying or distorting new digital distribution business models, in a market that has been a tight oligopoly for over a decade". Public Knowledge also launched a petition against the deal yesterday.

Universal, however, says that the new Public Knowledge/CFA report, while more lengthy, says little more than public letters opposing the proposed deal that both bodies have previously published. According to the New York Times, a spokesman for the major said yesterday: "This is the same song sung to a different melody. There's nothing new here as CFA's analysis continues to vastly overstate market concentration. Indie labels are a vibrant and growing force accounting for nearly 30% of the market. The music industry is intensely competitive and barriers to entry have evaporated in today's digital environment".

While next week's hearing in the US Congress should be interesting, in reality it's ongoing negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission in America and the European Commission that really matter to Universal. European regulators, at least, are expected to demand concessions from the major to secure approval for the EMI deal.

As also previously reported, the concurrent efforts by a Sony-led consortium to buy the EMI publishing company have already resulted in EC approval, with the US investigation into that deal still ongoing.

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US PROSECUTORS HIT BACK IN MEGAUPLOAD CASE
Legal reps for the US government have hit back at recent claims made by lawyers working for MegaUpload and its founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz to the effect that, because the Mega business was incorporated in Hong Kong, criminal proceedings cannot be pursued against it in the USA.

As previously reported, MegaUpload's defence team is fighting off both efforts by the US to extradite Dotcom and three other former Mega execs from New Zealand to America, and the actual criminal case in the US itself. Earlier this month Dotcom's lawyers filed papers in the US saying that the courts there had no jurisdiction over a Hong Kong company, and therefore the criminal case should be dismissed. Back in New Zealand they are arguing that the charges made against Dotcom et al personally are not sufficiently serious for the extradition treaty between the country and the US to come into effect.

But in its latest court submission, the US Attorney's Office says that the MegaUpload team's most recent claims have no substance, so much so that it reckons their call for the case to be dismissed is a waste of time and resources.

The prosecution's latest filing also accuses some of MegaUpload's legal reps of having a conflict of interest, because they have in the past worked for some of the film studios whose content was illegally shared over the digital firm's networks, while also arguing that allowing the defendants to access some of MegaUpload's seized funds to help pay for legal costs would be like "returning money to a bank robber".

Back in New Zealand, a previous court demand that prosecutors hand over all their evidence to the defence has been put on hold pending another hearing. As previously reported, prosecutors had argued that there is so much evidence that there was no way they could gather all that data together by the deadline set by the court.

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SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR 2012 AIM AWARDS
The Association Of Independent Music will hold its second Independent Music Awards this October, again hosted by Radio 1's Huw Stephens and 6music's Steve Lamacq. If you work for an independent music company and fancy meeting them (oh, and winning an award too), here is your chance, because entries for sixteen categories are now being accepted.

Categories for which you can put your company or artists forward are:

Best Live Act
Independent Album Of The Year
Best 'Difficult' Second Album
Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year
Genre Spotlight Award
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year
Best Small Label
Hardest Working Band Or Artist

To obtain the relevant application forms, head over to www.musicindie.com/awards/enternow. The deadline for entries is 27 Jul.

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WARP RECORDS SIGNS MOUNT KIMBIE
London producers Kai Campos and Dominic Maker are at last pressing on with the serious business of recording a sequel to their 2010 debut 'Crooks And Lovers', and have just signed to Warp Records to do so. And that's about all the info I have on the matter for now. Hurrah!

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DAVID BYRNE AND ST VINCENT SET ALBUM RELEASE DATE, GIVE AWAY FREE DOWNLOAD
David Byrne and St Vincent, aka Annie Clarke, have announced that they will release their previously reported collaborative album, 'Love This Giant', on 10 Sep through 4AD.

Clark says of the record: "We started our collaboration around the fall of 2009 after being approached by [New York charity] Housing Works to write and perform a night of new music for charity. We decided to centre the music around a brass band and began sending ideas back and forth in every form: wordless melodies, melody-less songs. After a while we had enough of a body of work that David, not one to do anything by half, suggested we record it and put it out. I am very proud of what we created and excited for it to hit your ears".

Byrne added: "A lot of people, hearing a description of this project, assumed that it might be an artsy indulgence, but somehow it didn't turn out that way. It's a pop record - well, in my book anyway. I started to sense that we were ending up with a sound and approach I'd never heard before. There were elements that were reminiscent of things I'd heard, but a lot of it was completely new. Very exciting!"

You can download a track from the album, entitled 'Who', here: lovethisgiant.com

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THE RAVEONETTES TO RELEASE LP
Hip-to-be-square dark-pop duo The Raveonettes have given word of their new album 'Observator', which they've opted to self-release via their own label Beat Dies Records on 10 Sep. Recorded in just seven days with their regular studio collaborator and co-manager Richard Gottehrer (of Sire Records and The Orchard fame), the LP will mark Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner's tenth year as a band.

Sune shared his thoughts on the album, saying: "It's one of the quickest and easiest albums we've ever done. It was getting in the right frame of mind to actually write the songs that took several agonising months. For so long, I tried to capture a new muse and carve out a path forward for us. I travelled thousands of miles to find it and experienced all kinds of insanity along the way. Yet all the while, the future of The Raveonettes was in the people, the occurrences, and the relationships that were immediately around me".

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TAKEN BY TREES DETAILS NEW ALBUM
Having taken inspiration from The Beach Boys and tropical Hawaiian climes to write new LP 'Other Worlds', dream-pop soloist Victoria Bergsman, aka Taken By Trees, will subsequently release that very LP via Secretly Canadian on 1 Oct.

Characterising The Beach Boys' 'Diamond Head' and dub/reggae musician Augustos Pablo's 'AP Spezial' as key to the record's creation, Bergsman says: "Both of the songs have beautiful nature sounds added to them, of waves, thunder and birds. The Beach Boys song [also] turned me onto pedal steels and the Augustos Pablo song turned me onto the more dubby feeling".

You can take a first glance at the finished product via this trailer, as is soundtracked by 'Other Worlds' track 'Only You': www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYYFhCF8-QI

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FAMILY GUY'S MACFARLANE TO PERFORM AT PROMS
Comedy writer and 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane is set to perform his very own showtunes spectacular (akin, presumably, to some of the musical numbers that feature in the animated show) at this year's BBC Proms, having been booked to appear as part of the classical music festival at the Royal Albert Hall on 27 Aug. The John Wilson Orchestra will provide big band accompaniment on the night.

Peter Griffin, I mean, er... Seth, will give voice to a repertoire of showtunes from various Broadway musicals, many of which - by startling coincidence - will feature on his forthcoming debut album, 'Music Is Better Than Words'. Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles guest on the Broadway-themed LP, which is out on 27 Aug.

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JAGA JAZZIST TO COLLABORATE WITH BRITTEN SINFONIA
The Ninja Tune-signed cats of Norwegian troupe Jaga Jazzist are to share a stage with the Britten Sinfonia orchestra, with both factions appearing at the London Barbican on 16 Jun. The concert will feature specially-commissioned versions of songs from across the band's four LPs to date, and also the premiere of a 35-minute electronic/orchestral composition entitled 'Kaleidoscopic'.

Details on the event here: www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=12863

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STOLEN RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES LIVE LONDON SHOWCASE
London-based independent Stolen Recordings is to host a label showcase featuring roster artists Teleman, indie outfit My Sad Captains and recently signed alt-pop quintet Race Horses.

Also inclusive of a DJ set from long-haired psych types Bo Ningen, it's all happening at London's Shacklewell Arms on 26 Jun. Entry is free throughout the evening, and you cannot say fairer than free.

And speaking of things that are free, you can download a complimentary copy of Race Horses' 'Mates', as features on their forthcoming 'Furniture' LP, here: soundcloud.com/racehorsesmusic/race-horses-mates-1

Further info on the Shacklewell event via its matching Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/322029744544114/

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP UPDATE

ATP NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Pontins, Camber Sands, 30 Nov: ATP's season finale will this year be hosted by Steve Albini-led minimalist set up Shellac, who'll not only play live but also curate the festival's complete line-up. Stay posted as the band's initial chosen artists should be announced very soon. www.atpfestival.com/events/shellacxmas.php

BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART, Belladrum Estate, Inverness-shire, Scotland, 3-4 Aug: Brand new bookings Bobok, Federation Of The Disco Pimp and Roddy Frame of Scottish 80s pop-band Aztec Camera are now sharing space on the Belladrum roster. The festival's overall artist cache also includes Travis, The Wombats, Beverley Knight, Frightened Rabbit, The South, Foy Vance, Man Like Me, The Magnetic North, Buzzcocks, Vintage Trouble and Willy Mason. www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

LATITUDE, Henham Park Estate, Suffolk, 12-15 Jul: Chilly Gonzalez, Demdike Stare, Twin Shadow, Wanda Jackson, Gross Magic and Van Dyke Parks feat the Britten Sinfonia are notable names amid Latitude's latest line-up conscription, and thus align with the previously announced Bon Iver, Elbow, Paul Weller, Rufus Wainwright, Wild Beasts, The Horrors, White Lies, Bat For Lashes, Buena Vista Social Club and Janelle Monae. www.latitudefestival.co.uk

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MOTORHEAD LICENSE 'BASTARDS LAGER'
If there was one band destined to make a bespoke ale all of their own, then surely it must be Motorhead. And, not wanting to be outdone by the signature beer-designing likes of Professor Green and Hanson, the hardened metal vets have indeed partnered with Swedish brewery Krönleins to sell 'Bastards Lager' by the case-load from state liquor store Systembolaget.

Lemmy et al, of course, are pros at all this, having begun marketing their own 'Motorhead Shiraz' red wine last year. Drummer Mikkey Dee says this of the band's latest alcoholic foray: "You're never too old for rock n roll and good chilled beer. That always works well together!"

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WARNER UK LAUNCHES NEW LABEL SERVICES DIVISION
Warner Music UK has announced the launch of a new artist and label services division to be called, well, Warner Music Artist & Label Services. Keep it simple, as they say. The new business will offer a wide range of services to independent artists and labels, including distribution, marketing and PR, media buying, and brand partnership and sync representation.

Of course in recent years a number of bigger record companies around the world have opened up their in-house services to external parties, often by expanding their distribution divisions, which have always traditionally worked with other artists and labels. And indeed, Warner's new label services unit will be headed up by Dan Chalmers, who also oversees the major's independent distribution business ADA.

For the bigger record companies, expanding into label services enables them to maintain or increase size and scale without having to take on the risks that come with signing new artists. For the independent artists and labels, it means getting access to bigger networks, especially on a global level, without having to formally ally with a major label or similar.

Confirming the new venture, Warner Music UK CEO Christian Tattersfield told CMU: "Our priority is to cultivate an environment that allows artists to achieve their full potential. We are opening the door for Warner Music UK to create deeper relationships and new commercial partnerships with successful independent acts. As MD of both Rhino and ADA, Dan has extensive experience in working with the big-name artists that we will continue to attract to this new service".

The first artists to work with Warner's new division will be Orbital and Johnny Marr. Says Chalmers: "The creative diversity of these [two] artists demonstrates the full range of marketing and distribution expertise Warner Music Artist & Label Services can provide. I look forward to working with Christian and the rest of the team to bring in even more exciting acts".

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SILVER BULLET AND THE BIG AGENCY BUY INTO GRIME DAILY
Grime Daily, which calls itself the UK's biggest online urban music website, and which is a prolific creator of YouTube-based video content, has announced a new deal with Silver Bullet Digital and The Big Agency, which will see both companies buy into the media firm and help it develop its commercial, brand partnership and digital strategies.

Grime Daily founders Kobe Hagan and Pierre Godson-Amamoo will stay on as joint MDs, with existing staffer Matt Thorne also staying on, as Digital Director. The new directors will bring in branding, music publishing and commercial development expertise.

Confirming the deal, Silver Bullet Digital MD Steve Wild told CMU: "We are thrilled about becoming part of the Grime Daily family. They are the market leaders in the urban space, which is one of the most important and exciting markets in entertainment at the moment. The new team will complement and develop all of the hard work put in by the very talented Kobe, Pierre and Matt over the last couple of years. We are looking forward to integrating the video production and commercial experience of Silver Bullet Entertainment and Digital alongside our other portal Virtual Festivals".

Grime Daily founder Pierre Godson-Amamoo added: 'This new partnership with Silver Bullet, Kevin and The Big Agency is a perfect synergy for the new developments we have planned. With their collective expertise married with ours we feel we can achieve even bigger things. Grime Daily is already a key part of the UK urban community's daily routine. We have a fantastic portal for artists and brands to reach and engage with a very valuable and targeted audience that are loyal, digitally active and very trend conscious. With the new team on board we want to take this to the next level with brands, broadcasters and a worldwide fanbase and are open to integrated partnerships and digital campaigns".

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GLOBAL REPORTEDLY CLOSE TO GMG RADIO DEAL
Previously reported talks between the Guardian Media Group and three parties regards the sale of GMG's radio business, which runs the Real Radio and Smooth Radio networks, are proceeding according to reports, with insiders saying a deal is now very likely to happen.

Media Guardian reckons Global Radio is still the most likely bidder to win ownership of the Real and Smooth networks in a £50 million deal, even though that acquisition may be subject to Competition Commission approval, given Global's current dominance in the UK radio market.

Word has it that, while nothing has been agreed as yet, a deal could be announced this month, and maybe even as soon as next week.

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CMU BEEF OF THE WEEK #114: BILLY CORGAN V RADIOHEAD. OR POMPOSITY, ONE OF THE TWO. OH, AND FASCISTS.
Billy Corgan wants to piss on Radiohead. We know this because he said "I'll piss on fucking Radiohead" in a recent interview with Antiquiet.

Actually, he didn't just say that, he said other things as well. Context is all. He did say he'd piss on Radiohead though, that is undeniable. But only because people think Jonny Greenwood is a more important guitarist than Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore. I'm not sure how often that debate actually comes up but it seems to have riled Billy.

During a conversation about new Smashing Pumpkins album 'Oceania' and people's view of Corgan's personality, he suddenly launched into talk of urination, saying: "I can't think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on rock more than I have".

I've been trying to think of other people, but I just realised I'm not exactly sure what he's talking about. Let's just let him continue: "Obviously there's a level of reverence, but there's also a level of intelligence to even know what to piss on. Cos I'm not pissing on Rainbow. I'm not pissing on Deep Purple. But I'll piss on fucking Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in, buddy. Not in the world I grew up in".

I'm still not exactly sure what this has to do with how people see Billy Corgan's personality, but one thing's certain, Radiohead can expect to be doused in Corg-piss very soon. Or perhaps now, as he quickly backtracked: "Is Ritchie Blackmore a better guitar player than me and Jonny Greenwood? Yes. Have we all made contributions? Yes. I'm not attacking that. I'm attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I'm sick of that. I'm so fucking sick of it, and nobody seems to tire of it".

I think what he's complaining about is the fact that people tend to hone in on a significant figure within their own generation and talk them up to the detriment of everything that went before. But that's just how life works, isn't it? He kind of hit the nail on the head when he said: "Not in the world I grew up in". The things people find most significant tend to be those that were important to them in their late teens or early 20s. Anyone who liked Deep Purple in their late teens is either dead or well over 100 years old now. Conversely, people who played Radiohead tapes on their Walkmans at school are now in their 30s and working for broadsheet newspaper culture sections. All of them, without exception.

Even if Radiohead fans were to concede that they liked old fashioned music like Deep Purple, they'd still think Jonny Greenwood was a more significant guitarist because he had a cultural impact at a time when they were actually alive and can remember. We might as well discuss whether Ritchie Blackmore is a better songwriter than Beethoven. It's a stupid argument and I think we should talk about something more important. Like fascism or something.

Luckily, Billy has opinions on that too. Why is music not being used to rise up against fascists these days? Because it wouldn't get enough likes on Facebook, of course.

Says Corgan: "Tom Morello had this quote on his guitar from Woody Guthrie: 'This guitar is a fucking weapon. This guitar kills fascists'. Love kills fucking fascists. And when music is so goddamned fucking iTunes friendly, cuddly, it makes me want to fucking puke. It's not for everybody to be like that, but where is that voicing in the greater collective voices? Why don't we have that any more? Because nobody wants to deal with the 40 negative comments on Facebook".

Which is actually an interesting way to look at it, though he then moved back to the subject of his personality again, saying that throughout his career he's hidden behind various different identities shaped to the culture of the time. But no more: "Now I'm actually strong enough where I don't need a mask. I'm just myself. I'm fifteen pounds overweight, I've got crooked teeth, I've got a funny voice, but I'm fucking good at what I do. And this fucking voice kills fascists. That's the way I look at it".

So, there you go. Ritchie Blackmore is the best guitarist and fascists shouldn't listen to Billy Corgan.

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