Kid Rock misses the point.
Kid Rock has been making some noise about piracy this week, first at a concert and now with a PSA. I’ve always had a soft spot for Kid Rock – he was one of the first acts I worked on at Atlantic Records many years ago. In fact I still have a Kid Rock bottle opener on my key chain. But I think he’s got this argument all wrong.
He started out the week making some thoughtful remarks, telling to the BBC, “Back in the day, we all know the stories of the Otis Reddings and Chuck Berrys and Fats Dominos who never got paid… the internet was an opportunity for everyone to be treated fairly, for the consumer to get a fair price, for the artist to be paid fairly, for the record companies to make some money.” But they stuck to the “old system”, he continued. “I will be on iTunes eventually because I can’t avoid it, but I like to always stick to my guns and prove a point.”
But he then goes on to miss the point completely, saying “I don’t mind people stealing my music, that’s fine – but I think they should steal everything.” And followed up with the PSA below.
I don’t get it. He goes from making some important points about the music industry to freetard statements about stealing everything. I can’t tell if he’s trying to be sarcastic, but he sounds like it. The point here is not that stealing is right and property is wrong, a statement I’m often wrongly accused of making by reviewers and journalists who also missed the point. Companies ripping people off, or people ripping off companies, are not the only two options. There are many shades of grey. This problem with information is not an open and shut case, it’s a dilemma. Will send him a book post haste…