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John Mellencamp Compared Internet to Atomic Bomb

John Mellencamp Compared Internet to Atomic Bomb

Added: Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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John Mellencamp, an aging rock musician complained recently that the Internet has destroyed the record industry. Moreover, as he points out, the web is going to destroy the movie industry too. He also argues that rock is going to be gone in a few generations time – the same destiny that of big-band music of the ’40s.


Another day, another point of view on the Internet influencing record industry. Seems like a new trend to express the opinion on the web impact among artists. Rock musicians especially are lining up to blame the web for having destroyed record industry in some way. In fact, they seem to prefer things the way they used to be before inventing the Internet, rather than see the web as an opportunity to reach fans around the globe while bypassing greedy record labels.
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks was the first to declare the other day that the web has literally destroyed rock’n’roll, as well as kids’ social graces.

She said that there are plenty of talented people, the same as they used to be, but those people are not able to sustain being in a rock band without success anymore. Those who were able to are going to die out soon.

John Mellencamp joins her in the assumption that the Internet is responsible for destroying rock music, saying the other day that in a few generations time it will follow the destiny of big-band music.

The most interesting part of his announcement was where he said that the Internet was apparently the most dangerous invention since the atomic bomb. And there he added that besides having destroyed the music industry, it’s also going to destroy the movie industry too.

Actually, it’s unclear what makes him think so, as the only thing the Internet has destroyed so far is the physical distribution model of the record business. The researches reveal that the UK total record industry revenues saw a rise in 4.7% within the last two years. So where did the suggestion of the record business being destroyed come from when revenues are only going up?

The last year’s Harvard Business School research says that the number of albums produced has more than doubled within the last decade, which proves that the performers are eagerly creating more new music than ever before. The other side of the Internet impact is that record labels lose the control over the music, passing it over to artists.

September 8th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Comments (26) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-09-08 21:18:52)
pickle3737 avatarHe's just mad people forgot who he was and nobody downloads his music :(
But I do remember Me'Shell NdegeOcello. She was and always will be better than him!!!!!!!

posted by Blocked (2010-09-08 21:34:25)
SaveIt4later avatarWho the ef is Me'Shell NdegeOcello?

posted by Turtle (2010-09-08 23:25:09)
D4T4 avatarThanks Sam. Perhaps an atomic bomb is just what is needed to clear out the old has beens and wanna be agains. Altho I'm no fan of his and I deplore the way he uses people, Simon Cowell has proved there's alot of good talent out there who will never get a chance if left to the record companies. These people can and should use the net to promote themselves and cut out the record companies altogether. Let the old has beens rot with their vinyl.

posted by (2010-09-08 23:55:54)
uax4it avatarWell they dropping bombs in the southern hemisphere. And people are starving that live right hear .Love And Happiness! mellencamp u rock bro i have all your albums.We can now purchase songs for 1 dollar buy the one we enjoy make sure u get your dollar from all over the world bro! we need a new album bro time to make a come back.

posted by Blocked (2010-09-09 01:05:35)
menahunie avatarNotice how they have now gone from blaming Torrents to now blaming the Internet?
The internet was created in case of us getting nuked communication would continue.
But what would you expect coming from an OBAMANITE - yep change is coming and it ain't what you though it was gonna be.

posted by (2010-09-09 08:56:58)
No avatarjohn baby... what happened to ya?? correct me if i'm wrong but i seem to recall back in the 80's u were a huge outspoken critic of the record labels. did they finally break ya? or could it be that this isn't the real john "cougar" but a clone created + controlled by the "company"?? (i want credit for future references to this particular rumor)

posted by ET junkieET lover (2010-09-09 09:07:25)
MadVillain avatarIts not the internet ruining music. Music is just trash nowadays

posted by (2010-09-09 16:32:31)
CaptCosmo avatarPoor John can't see reality! The Internet has only leveled the playing field making anyone interested a player. Industry is in "Denial" and their GREED has set them up for "Destruction". When the American Colonists got tired of Imperial Rule they had a "Tea Party". We're just having a "Media Party"!! Without their greedy pockets to fill, Media Entertainment would be more affordable (less taxing on us).

Look around, the destruction is not just within the the record and movie industry. With the "Playing Field Leveled", we looked and saw clearly what's real. As usual, history is just repeating itself......

"Long Live Rock & Roll"

posted by Blocked (2010-09-10 01:44:23)
menahunie avatarmoviefreak24 - you nd other like you are the reason we are in this screwed up mess. Not to make this political; I don't like Bush and I even don't like Obama more.
You miss what Obama has done; far far worse than Bush and the others.
Bailout money in the trillions of dollars you; my kids, their kids, their kids kids, and on will have to repay.
This "bank bailout" never was intended to save home owners and the proof is on front of you. The money went to the banks and other countries..
Case in point - Starting next Jan.01,2011 ALL OF THE MEDICAL PREMIUMS YOUR EMPLOYER PAYS for you medical coverage will be added to you W2 as ADDITIONAL INCOME AND TAXED AS INCOME.
Welcome to OBAMACARE... It gets much much worse; but you have bee to brain washed by OBAMA Machine stating " change is coming" yes change is coming and never in the way you think.
Many personal income tax deductions, exemptions for you and I - everyday people will end and also be reduced including the personal exemption.
I can go on but you will see this coming Jan. 2011..

posted by Blocked (2010-09-10 02:46:53)
phoenixcrash avatarmoviefreak24, I would like to quote your entire comment as: "LOL the internet is not even a physical thing, so how is it gonna directly kill people? XD @ Menahunie: As if Bush was such a swell guy? Obama over Bush anyday ;)" - Who the hell said "Go Bush!"? Dumbass, Bush was retarded and Obama has managed to pull the wool over your eyes. We haven't had a real president since Clinton ($0 deficit and he still had time to stop for a BJ). It takes a brainwashed bastard like yourself to chant slogans such as "Change Is Coming", I could have wrote him a better script myself. BTW, did anyone else see Obama in the 90's rap video "Whoomp There It Is"? I swear it's him at around 1 minute, playing dice (left-handed I might add). Look at the top of his ears and compare a photo or two. Did I hear you say that the internet isn't a living thing, and therefor cannot KILL anyone? I'd laugh if that wasn't so sad. If it was though, I would harness it's power, and use it to fight real crime, like gingivitis...

posted by (2010-09-10 03:13:41)
NaTaS avatarinternet is changing every day. Change with it, or you will miss it when its also gone as we know it.

posted by Blocked (2010-09-10 07:47:27)
SaveIt4later avatarObama? well my avatar says it all. Obama's approval rating is currently at 41%. 59% disapproval. Bush's approval rating was 36% when he left office. Obama is catching up to him fast and will. Obama will go down as thee worst president America has ever had. Somewhere Jimmy Carter is smiling.

posted by (2010-09-10 16:35:47)
CaptCosmo avatarOh boy.... I left my McCain / Palin election sticker on my car so the whole world would know I didn't vote for Obama and his short sighted GIVE AWAY TEAM of experts. (Definition Time; An "EX" is a "HAS BEEN" and a "SPIRT" is a Drip Under Pressure"). Where is the help for regular common folk and the poor citizens of our country? Why give it all to prop up a Banking Industry puffed up by their GREED and an auto industry that GREEDLY builds inferior products. Buckle up, things are gonna get a lot worse. What can a BIRD do that a Mortgage Broker can't?? Still leave a "DEPOSIT" on a Ferrari.......

On another note: Between Presidents Hoover, Wilson, Roosevelt & Ike about 22 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS were deported to make jobs for American Citizens & returning AMERICAN VETERANS and to lift a sagging economy. GOOGLE 5 words to see POWERFUL LEADERSHIP for yourself. GOOGLE: DEPORT, HOOVER, WILSON, ROOSEVELT & EISENHOWER.

OBAMA - The precident was set by former Presidents much smarter than you. As a 100% Dasabled Decorated Wartime Combat Veteran, I ask you to: Stop lowering the value of the American Dollar. Stop lowering the value of American Citizenship. And finally, Stop giving away America. Visit a VA Hospital and read the motto; "All Gave Some, Some Gave All"

posted by Blocked (2010-09-11 01:43:22)
menahunie avatarCaptCosmo - I agree 100 percent.
The True leaders never get elected to office today.
Today's "leaders"; what a joke. They are not leaders. They will do and say anything to get where they want to be and then the greedy corrupt pricks/cunts they all swill at the trough of money and power.
The crimes committed against you and I by these people go unpunished because they are protected by their fellows. You or I do something like what has been done we do hard time- they get sent to club Fed.
What has and is being done to this countries economy is on the level of treason.
You want to bring down a country with out shooting? You destroy its economy first; then also create a system of education that really doesn't educate its population and you now have total control of that country..
You also create an entitlement system where people are dependant on the people in power to provide them a life of entitlements and you have a population to lazy to work and do anything because THEY CAN'T WORK. They have no education and NO WORK SKILLS..
You then "allow" people into a country illegally and the hugh financial drain on that countries economy will accelerated to countries downfall into anarchy.
Before you idiot crap out I am a racist I am not; my wife is an immigrant and SHE WENT THROUGH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS TO COME HERE LEGALLY.. Many people I know who imigrated to here are just as or more upset as to what is going on because all the paperwork and time it took for them to go through the system and get here is being crapped on by people who don't.
There is a reason for the system and it really does work. Take some one sneaking in and they have a disease?
I saw the movie Machete; really stupid movie. It makes all the illegals (Millions) victims and not the financial problems we face today in the hundreds of BILLIONS OF DOLLARS... I'll tell you a facet. I sneak across the border into Mexico and get caught. I get dragged into court sentenced to SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON THEN DEPORTED...

posted by Blocked (2010-09-12 01:54:10)

Musicians make 95% of their income from Live concerts . . . . . .

Perhaps that 95% isn't enough for HIM to live on....

And doesn't he KNOW that the record and movie companies make most of their present income by DIVERSIFYING! Perhaps SOMEONE SHOULD TELL HIM!!!!!!!!!!

posted by (2010-09-12 17:42:31)
BenjaWiz avatarMany have come out over the years to say just the opposite that the music company's and movie company's seen higher revenues then ever before all I can say is for these people to stop being greedy.

posted by Kitty (2010-09-13 09:33:29)
Daewoo avatarDepends how you look at it. Put good and bad aside and he has point. The Car killed the horse and cart industry. Good thing or bad? If I owned a stable then bad, for everyone else including road builders great. Commuting was discovered, so more places to work. Electricity killed the Orchestra. You can play acoustic instruments in the dark or by candlelight. A mixing desk and amps needs juice as do most modern instruments. Good or bad? Records/Radio killed live performance. Record a track once and people can play it whenever they choose. Good or bad? None of the above are completely dead they are just not as popular because of the latter. To clarify yes bands can tour but they cannot be in two places/countries at once, so they are limited. Recording created the international star. It is easy to grab sound bites from people and twist them. Inventions always change the way we live and consume things. Nobody can hang on to the way things were for ever. The car industry will begin radical change soon, no more ICE but an electric power unit. The body/shell won't be metal but carbon. The oil companies won't like it nether will the steel industry but new jobs and skills will be created as the old ones fade. That is life. The days of the Mega rich Musician is maybe over. That's Life. TV companies are feeling the internet, most TV stations have their content online. TV makers are adapting. In a few years TV time slots will mean nothing and advertising revenue will suffer. Who knows people who made their fortune in TV as it is will become a rarity. Ms Nick and Mr Mellencamp are correct, in a way. Not the 'Net = A bomb bit.

Feel free to flame and swear at me because I have an different point of view. I guess the internet allows you to do that. (progress?). Years ago you would have to face me or write me letter. So spins the world.

posted by (2010-09-13 17:58:12)
capnmorgan5150 avatarThat's interesting, because I would compare Mellonhead's music to atomic sludge. Wait, I take that back. It's not that interesting. His music is more like an overdose of Ambien.

posted by (2010-09-13 18:00:56)
capnmorgan5150 avatarIdiots love Mellonhead because he's inoffensive and mediocre. Any retard can pick up a guitar, play 3 chords and sing about corn fields.

posted by (2010-09-13 19:22:26)
moviefreak24 avatar@phoenixcrash: Im a dumbass? Me? lol you're the one who believes its really Obama in that video. LMFAO

posted by Blocked (2010-09-13 23:03:25)
SaveIt4later avatarI would not let Obama manage a McDonald's... he's underqualified.

posted by Blocked (2010-09-14 02:36:18)
phoenixcrash avatar@Moviefreak: YES, YOU ARE A DUMBASS! And hell yes it's Obama in that video. Why else would he have signed his health care bill and then turn to Biden and say "Whoomp there it is"? Riddle me that you ignorant bitch. LMFAO? I'd laugh my ass off if only your shear stupidity and lack of education wasn't soooooo sad. That's all we're going to have running around here if Obama has his way: A bunch of misinformed fools with huge mouths spouting pure crap (just like Moviefreak). BTW, if it's a war of words you're looking for, PM me and let's keep this off the forums. Or, we can continue here where others can also point out what an ass you are.

posted by (2010-09-15 15:23:19)
moviefreak24 avatar@Phoenixcrash: Why would he say that? Because he knows people think its him, hell he probably even thinks that guy looks like him too, so he thought it was funny to say that. You are a gullible fool. Its Obama in that video.. Right.. And Elvis and Tupac are still alive! lol The only reason my comment on this article was off topic, was because I didnt read the article. I just commented on the headline really (so I took it a bit literally) Not a smart thing to do, because you risk making yourself look like an ass because you dont really know what its about hahaha. I plead guilty OK? Geez.. Normally I DO read the articles, but I was checking ET real quick and I didnt have time to read the whole thing. But I am by no means stupid or as gullible as you are. Nor am I planning to make you a frequent part of my life by commenting back and forth with you. War of words? Please.. Remember, it was you who responded to me in the first place, not the other way around.. Say whatever you like in your Im sure "devastating" reply lol and go wait for me to give a damn..

posted by Blocked (2010-09-16 01:13:36)
phoenixcrash avatarmoviefreak24 = one dumb bitch. Evidence Exhibit A: you didn't read the article before you posted a comment. Not Obama in that video? Wooooo, it must be hard being dumb AND blind. Also noticed that you are lacking any sort of "uploader" symbol next to your name. Is that because you have nothing to contribute to this site, other than uneducated gibberish that you attempt to pass off as a comment from someone "well informed". Yes, I will waste a very small portion of my time to combat the evil that you bring: STUPIDITY. Also, speaking of "devastating", that's kind of how I would describe what I did to your mother last night.

posted by (2010-09-16 03:58:33)
moviefreak24 avatarhahahaha you know someone is getting desperate when they start talking about your mother. Beautiful.. You dont have anything on me you sad f*ck. NO I didnt read the article. YES it was dumb. I admitted to that myself, nothing new here. You noticed I didnt have an uploader sign next to my name? Did you now? Wow Im impressed lol Funny though that you werent smart enough to just take one quick look at my profile, because if you had you would see that I have actually uploaded 4 torrents. Not a lot no, but thats still one more than you have haha. Plus I have been a member here far longer than you have. I have more torrents uploaded, more comments posted and more points. So dont talk to me about "contributing" something to this site. What a joke.. If you wanna bash people, go elsewhere this aint Youtube pal. Around here people dont appreciate that stuff, but I guess you didnt know that since you've only been here a short while. Bye bye now, have a nice life. I wont be communicating with the likes of you any further..

posted by Blocked (2010-09-17 01:47:10)
phoenixcrash avatarAlright, let's finish this off. I never came here to "bash" anyone. You made a stupid remark in ONE of your comments and I decided to take a minute out of my life to call you out on it (as did others). Learn to take the criticism with a grain of salt my friend. You DID admit to your dumbness, and have since been forgiven. Don't go pressing your luck though... I mentioned your lack of uploader status simply to point out your lack of contribution to a torrent site. Instead of bringing us something useful to download, you give us nothing but 5th grade comments about the internet killing people. Wow, you've uploaded 4 torrents!!! Not at all impressive. Do I care how long you've been a member here? Hell no. Does anyone care how many "points" you have? Not me. Anyone care how many comments you've left? Nope. It's not like I just showed up here yesterday either! I never meant to bash you Moviefreak, I just saw the comment and the lack of any sort of uploader status and immediately thought you were another "just signed up to leave a gay comment" kind of guy, and I took it upon myself to put you in your place. You have since proven me wrong and I would like to apologize on my end. I made comments about you without ever looking at your profile, kind of the same way "somebody" posted a comment on an article that they didn't read first. So, I guess we both f'd up. In fact, I'll be giving you 5 points after I post this "public apology". Pirates should put aside their differences in order to accomplish what we are here for.

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