"Rocker Trent Reznor says he doesn't pretend to know the answers to what ails the music industry."
"But that hasn't stopped the iconoclastic front man for the band Nine Inch Nails from marching to the front lines--in lock step with British band Radiohead--in an assault on the traditional music business.
In an interview Tuesday with CNET News.com, Reznor, who made news earlier this month when he left his record label, bashed the music industry, detailed how he persuaded performer Saul Williams to give way his latest album for free, praised Radiohead for distributing music directly to fans via the Web and indicated that instead of fighting the so-called free culture--people who share music online--he plans to embrace it.
"Personally, I would like people to support artists," Reznor said. "After all, we as artists dedicate our lives to producing the best music we can. It's been a painful process for me personally (to see the changes in the music industry). But should I be angry at the audience that wants to hear music so much, an audience that is so passionate about hearing it they go online to get it two weeks before the music debuts? No, I want them to be that way."
Reznor has become a revolutionary figure to the file-sharing community. A video appeared recently at YouTube that showed him during a concert performance lamenting the high prices of CDs. Fans whooped it up when Reznor told them to go ahead and steal his music."
Source: C|Net NewsBlog
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