Live it off the wall

Not currently investing in culture

Last week I went to an Undisclosed Urban Corporate Environment to record a podcast with the Off the Wall crew, and last night they put it online. You can listen here.

While talking, I referred to a peerless presentation given by David Lowery of Camper van Beethoven (among a great many other things), titled Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss? I urge anyone interested in the economics of making culture to read it; it says some hard things and some unpalatable things, but personally I think it has the overall ring of truth.

One of the things I bang on about in the podcast is that, if the record companies and publishers go to the wall, who will fund cultural creation at a level large enough for significant amounts of new stuff to be made. I accuse the tech companies of failing to do that, the fruit-based ones in particular. But this morning comes news that Amazon is setting up a publishing arm in Britain – so perhaps I’m wrong about that as well. Though it seems like just another well-funded monopolistic land-grab to me.

Now, off to the Genius Bar to see if my expensive piece of kit produced by the not-investing-in-new-culture Cupertino giant can be saved. Irony ahoy.




About Lloyd Shepherd

Lloyd is the author of The English Monster and The Poisoned Island. He lives in London, but dreams of Manchester.

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