Does business control the music?
LEADVILLE “Before The Music Dies” is a documentary on the effects of corporate takeovers in the radio and recording industries. The film will screen at Provin Grounds Coffee in Leadville, with all proceeds going to Radio Free Minturn. RFM is currently pursuing a transmitter license to reach Leadville.Here is the film description from its website, http://www.beforethemusicdies.com:”Never have so few companies controlled so much of the music played on the radio and for sale at retail stores. At the same time, there are more bands and more ways to discover their music than ever. Music seems to have split in two – the homogenous corporate product that is spoon fed to consumers and the diverse independent music that finds devoted fans online and at clubs across the country.”Before the Music Dies” tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. Filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence musical innovation.
At the heart of “Before the Music Dies” are interviews with musicians, industry insiders, music critics and fans that reveal how music has reached this moment of truth. Featured performances from a truly diverse group of artists, ranging from The Dave Matthews Band and Erykah Badu to Seattle street performers and Mississippi gospel singers show us that great music is always out there as long as you know where to look.”
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