Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Money Shot: Guitar Hero Is Killing Rock Music, Kanye & Evel Settle, Universal CEO Morris = World's Biggest Tool?

Today's headlines...

Universal's CEO Once Called iPod Users Thieves. Now He's Giving Songs Away. (Wired)
MS: Morris insists there wasn't a thing he or anyone else could have done differently. "There's no one in the record company that's a technologist," Morris explains. "That's a misconception writers make all the time, that the record industry missed this. They didn't. They just didn't know what to do. It's like if you were suddenly asked to operate on your dog to remove his kidney. What would you do?"

Personally, I would hire a vet. But to Morris, even that wasn't an option. "We didn't know who to hire," he says, becoming more agitated. "I wouldn't be able to recognize a good technology person — anyone with a good bullshit story would have gotten past me." Morris' almost willful cluelessness is telling. "He wasn't prepared for a business that was going to be so totally disrupted by technology," says a longtime industry insider who has worked with Morris. "He just doesn't have that kind of mind."

Kanye West settles lawsuit with Evel Knievel (NME)
MS: "I thought he was a wonderful guy and quite a gentleman. We settled the lawsuit amicably. I was very satisfied and so was he."

Is tomorrow's Clapton playing 'Guitar Hero'? (CNET)
MS: "It's going to kill music," said San Diego bass instructor David Hilton. "It seems to me that as long as (Guitar Hero fans) can get really, really good playing this console, (and) it's not really easy to play (a real) instrument," that the guitar is dead.

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