The Godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, has raised some very serious concerns about the state of the music industry.
Pop, who found fame with his band ‘The Stooges’ in the 1960’s, was discussing what he sees as some of the main problems facing the music industry currently, as he delivered the 4th annual, BBC music John Peel Lecture on Monday.
The overriding theme of the music icon’s lecture was the ever increasing issue of free music, and the unsavoury position that artists’ find themselves in thanks to global corporations and modern technology.
Pop took aim at individuals who download music without paying, as well as file-sharing sites such as YouTube, BitTorrent and Megaupload. He argues that “The act of thieving” is becoming a habit as its “Easier to steal music than to pay for it”. He went on to assert that the music industry was “Laughably, maybe almost entirely pirate”.
As a knock on effect from this modern day slap in the face, Pop believes that artists are forced into charging “Insane ticket prices” and “Giving away music before it can flop”, something which appears to disappoint the singer-songwriter immensely.
Pop wasn’t taking any prisoners in his cameo as a lecturer, picking out ‘U2’ for an individual lambasting. As a champion for indie artists everywhere, the eccentric entertainer has taken umbrage with the Irish megastars’ unholy alliance with global giants ‘Apple’.
Discussing the recent stunt, to automatically drop the groups’ new album into iTunes users’ music libraries for free, the punk pioneer commented on how people shouldn’t be forced into listening to someone’s music, and that the pair were guilty of “Stealing the listener’s choice”.
U2 frontman Bono has since apologised for his band’s antics, calling it “A drop of megalomania”.