Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Quick Bites

New post up at M.J. Rose's Buzz, Balls & Hype about how hype can often lead publishers to lose their minds (and empty their wallets).

Also, check out Brett Battles's new story post at Killer Year.

So...anybody seen Mel Gibson these days? Kind of makes you watch "Lethal Weapon" in a totally different light.

I also think it's fascinating--and real proof that the digital age is unstoppable--that Metallica has agreed to put their music up for sale on iTunes. Metallica, if you remember, was the most vocal opposition to Napster's file sharing program, and led the (heavily critized) campaign to shut it down. Which also led to one of the most hilariously ironic moments ever, when Napster founder Shawn Fanning appeared onstage at the MTV Music Awards wearing a Metallica t-shirt.

For one I'm excited, not just because I was a Metallica fan back in the day, but because it's only a matter of time before all the greatest bands ever have their music available. Right now, legends like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Radiohead have held out. I think they'll cave eventually.

And to quote Jon Lovitz in the Wedding Singer, "He's losing his mind...and I'm reaping all the benefits..."


Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, Metallica also said that they'd never make a music video (ever seen their first? For a little ditty called "One"). And James promised that when there were Metallica dolls, there'd be a fan convention.

Okay, so I had a hand in making that last part happen and only Kirk and Lars showed, but the point here is that part of the reason Met's still around 20+ years later is because they're smart enough to recognize when it's time to change with the times and suck it up.

Now if they'd only keep their mouths shut the first time around, they'd be a shining example of wisdom.

9:43 PM  

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