27 March, 2006

Awww. Poor Steven Tyler.

So I'm watching Rosanna Arquette's All We Are Saying. Five minutes into it and I already want to smack Steven Tyler. (Disclaimer: I generally always want to smack Steven Tyler. When we were on the Rock N Roller Coaster I was hoping we'd run over his carcass at the speed of sound.)

He is bemoaning the fact that his catalog is worth much less than it's previously-valued $24 Million because "of downloading." He says this mournfully from his perch on the sun-splashed balcony of his sprawling mansion home. Look, I'm not a fan of illegal file sharing--whether it's software, music, movies or games. But my mom is a teacher. The most she ever made in a year was $30K. My sister is a teacher. The most she'll ever make in a year is probably $45K. I'm a writer. The most I'll ever make in a year is flexible, but I'll make it at jobs where my writing is ancillary. Unless I sell my book. Then I'll make (at most) $1/copy. My husband works three jobs (one because he has to, and the other two because he wants to.) He's not pulling down major scratch--but we do okay.

Rock stars like Steven Tyler have heretofore made a lot of money because they had a double monopoly. They have (and always will) have a monopoly on creative product. Then they also chose to participate in the monopoly of distribution known as "the record business." Before Jane MacUser could burn her own CDs of her own (legally purchased or self-written and performed) music, the only place to get an album was from "the industry." They set the prices on the product--and like most monopolies--inflated the price. So that $24 million that Steven Tyler was purportedly worth before the internet was a false figure.

As in capitalism since time immemorial there has been a market correction. Get over it, Tyler. Go swim in your big pool or drive your fancy car. I personally don't think "Walk This Way" is worth more than the 99cent download price.

5 Comments:

At 11:49 AM, March 27, 2006, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Only in the last fifty years of human history have entertainers and those associated with show business have been able to reap the riches beyond the dreams of avarice. And good for them. They should make hay while the sun shines, and all that.

But, for them to assume that this is the natural order and that they are somehow due monies not due to them, tough shit Stevie. I hope you get eaten by Morgan Spurlock next time he makes a movie.

PS: That Arquette groupie movie was the worst sort of ass-kissery and fawning fandom committed to film since Marty Scorcese made all the cameras focus on Robbie Robertson in "The Last Waltz".

 
At 1:02 PM, March 27, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

I hope you get eaten by Morgan Spurlock next time he makes a movie.

That would be one case where I'd pay to see somebody eaten and vomited back up again.

I don't know why I find Tyler so grating, but I do. I think it's because I find Liv grating and hold him genetically responsible.

And yeah, this Arquette movie pretty much blows. I mean, so sad that Stevie Nicks decided to not have a baby because she didn't want to break up Fleetwood Mac. That didn't stop her from having Don Henley.

But cute that Elton John's glasses match his coat.

 
At 1:17 PM, March 27, 2006, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Back then, Henley's sperm was swimming in pure Colombian white powder. Hence making it hard for them little fellers to hook up with Stevie's coked up eggs. Plus, ol' Donnie had enough sixteen year olds hanging around his pad. He didn't want anymore kids.

 
At 1:28 PM, March 27, 2006, Blogger Exador said...

It was just a few (5?) years ago that I read how record contracts for the young and gullible often still had "breakage percentage" where the record company got a % to cover the cost of vinyl records breaking in shipment.

I think they've gone to that well enough times.

 
At 8:42 PM, March 27, 2006, Blogger Glen Dean said...

Steven Tyler,

that dude looks like a lady.

 

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