Behind the music: Thom Yorke is wrong to write off the music industry | Music | guardian.co.uk

Oh is he?


Anonymous said...

The GCSE textbook that Thom Yorke's comments appeared in is called The Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit. His comments about the music industry have been twisted greatly!

It is out in three weeks time and published by New Internationalist.

Thom Yorke's interview is one of many powerful voices who have provided exclusive interviews in order to encourage and empower young people to be more politically active, more informed and more able to have their voices heard. Thom's ideas in the interview are well thought out and extremely compelling and will inspire teenagers greatly.

Here is the section that has started off this furore:

What tips can you give young people who want to write lyrics that will make a difference to their world?

That there is nothing more dry and boring in art than politics. It has to be fermented and distilled. It has to be personal. It has to be light of touch. It is much more about how you do stuff, your state of mind and less about the words on the page.

What advice would you give young music makers who want to make a difference with their talent?

This is one for Ed in Radiohead… it is his obsession. When we discuss it he says it’s simply a matter of time – months rather than years – before the music business establishment completely folds. He is involved in trying to build a world where artists would finally get paid. But we are up against the self-protecting interests of that industry. They are currently trying to lobby to take all the cash themselves whilst claiming to protect the interests of its artists. Oh yeah? When the corporate industry dies it will be no great loss to the world. So, I guess I would say don't tie yourself to the sinking ship because believe me it's sinking.


Type The Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit into your search engines or go to the New Internationalist site, it's easy to find out more about the Toolkit and to order a copy. If you like what it is doing, tell any schools about it or teachers you may know.

Mike said...

Thanks for the context.