Before the music dies

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 25, 2009

This film from 2006 looks very interesting and would appear to express some of the concerns that I have about current society.

Never have so few companies controlled so much of the music played on the radio and for sale at retail stores. At the same time, there are more bands and more ways to discover their music than ever. Music seems to have split in two – the homogenous corporate product that is spoonfed to consumers and the diverse independent music that finds devoted fans online and at clubs across the country.

BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. Filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence musical innovation. The answers they found on this journey–ultimately, the promise that the future holds–are what makes BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES both riveting and exhilarating.

At the heart of BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES are interviews with musicians, industry insiders, music critics, and fans that reveal how music has reached this moment of truth. Featured performances from a truly diverse group of artists, ranging from The Dave Matthews Band and Erykah Badu to Seattle street performers and Mississippi gospel singers show us that great music is always out there… as long as you know where to look. BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES will renew your passion for great music, and inspire you to play an active part in its future.

The film looks to have a good blues content.  The first one and a half minutes alone of Ray Charles and Billy Preston I think justify the very reasonable purchase price.

Here’s the trailer.

The film is available as a DVD or as downloads in a couple of formats.  You can even watch the whole thing for free on Google Video.

Check out the film site for more information.

Check out the entire film at Google Video.

As ab absolute minimum you need to see the first 1:40 of the film.

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