Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore published a book called Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture in 2005. In it, he explores his beginnings in music and the transition from record players to the Walkman. He observes the parallels between home taping and torrenting music in an introduction with NPR (worth a read!):

I suppose the record industry expected the consumer to buy cassettes of the LPs, and the consumer surely did, but hey- why not buy blank cassettes and record tracks from LPs and play those instead? Of course this is what every Walkman user did, and before long, there were warning stickers on records and cassettes, stating: HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC! It was a quaint forbear to today’s industry paranoia over CD-burning and Internet downloading. . . Trying to control music sharing – by shutting down P2P sites or MP3 blogs or BitTorrent or whatever other technology comes along – is like trying to control an affair of the heart. Nothing will stop it.

Thanks to Drgals for the tip!


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