John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp is one of the fiercest on the anti-piracy side of the debate, and says rock ‘n’ roll is dead- well, soon to be dead, anyway.
“I think the internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb. It has destroyed the music business. It’s going to destroy the movie business. . . After a few generations, it’s gone. Rock ‘n’ roll- as important as we think it is, and as big as it was, and as much money as people made on it, and as proud as I am to say that I was part of it- at the end of the day, they’re gonna say: ‘Yeah, there was this band called the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and this guy named Bob Dylan…’ And the rest of us? We’re just gonna be footnotes. And I think that that’s OK. I’m happy to have spent my life doing what I wanted to do, playing music, make something out of life, but forgetting about the idea of legacy.”
Mellencamp has also spoken out against the industry in a narrative online, insisting that blame for the death of music cannot be placed on a sole medium. In part:
Had the industry not been decimated by a lack of vision caused by corporate bean counters obsessed with the bottom line, musicians would have been able to stick with creating music rather than trying to market it as well.