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Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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'At the dawn of the new millennium, as the music industry was collapsing from the havoc wreaked by emerging digital distribution and production platforms, I experienced schadenfreude. I know I wasn’t alone. The industry had been treating music lovers abysmally for years, grossly inflating the prices of CDs and overseeing a sclerotic distribution network for both local and international music. Many of us also knew that the industry was venal when it came to the exploitation of the musicians. I have friends who found some success as music artists but that meant they were locked into contracts that in some cases see them still having to pay off accumulated debts from advances and tours accrued years, even decades, ago. For many of the musicians I know, the new digital era has allowed them to have a level of control and ownership of their artistic work that was inconceivable when they were dependent on distribution through the record companies. It is still hard for musicians, as it is for any artist, to make money from their craft. Spotify and iTunes are certainly not altruistic enablers of art: they too are powerful organisations in it for the money. But now that you can upload your work on a site such as Bandcamp, that you can produce your own video clip and place it on YouTube, musicians aren’t saddled with the exorbitant debts of the past.' (Introduction)

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    y #SaveOzStories Saveourstories Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2016 9824072 2016 anthology essay

    ''Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.' —Tom Keneally

    '#SaveOzStories is a gift to book lovers from Australia's finest writers and the industry that supports them. David Malouf, Tim Winton, Jackie French and many more of our best writers have come together to issue a clarion call to all Australian citizens to defend writers and writing. If politicians have their way we will be the only nation to give away our right to tell our own stories. If you think a world without the next Richard Flanagan, Di Morrissey or Andy Griffiths will be a poorer one, then read this collection of impassioned arguments from our most esteemed wordsmiths.

    'Contributors include Richard Flanagan, Tim Winton, Jackie French, Matthew Reilly, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Robotham, Andy Griffiths, Christos Tsiolkas, Charlotte Wood, Toni Jordan, Frank Moorhouse and others.' (Publication summary)

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2016
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