"I believe culture (and the world in general) suffers when controlled - even
if that control comes from the artist his(her)self. And sometimes ESPECIALLY
if that control comes from the artist. Too much reverance is afforded
artists. Why should the public care if an artist gets paid for every morsal?
Has Lars Ulrich ever left the stage to investigate the wages of each member
of his audience? Does he care if that fifteen year old head-banging stock
boy in the front row had to work an entire week of after-school menial labor
in order to experience a couple hours of rock ecstacy? Does he care at all?
Probably not - as long as he has income enough to buy CDs and concert
tickets. While I consider myself to be an artists advocate when it comes to
earning a livable wage, receiving health benefits, and other necessities in
today's world, that advocasy doesn't extend
to the point of market-place control to extend that livable wage into billions."--Bill Glahn, Urbana, MO
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