Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Musician's Champion David Lowery

As the leader of the bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, David Lowery had a modicum of fame in the 1980s and ’90s. But over the last year, he has become a celebrity among musicians for speaking out about artists’ shrinking paychecks and the influence of Silicon Valley over copyright, economics and public discourse.

In public appearances and no-holds-barred blog posts, Mr. Lowery, 53, has come to represent the anger of musicians in the digital age.

The issue has become hot as technology companies like Pandora and Google have replaced major record labels as the villains of choice for industry critics.

To his detractors, Mr. Lowery is a divisive ranter who pines for a lost, pre-Internet economy. But his knowledge of legal and technological minutiae — he is a lecturer at the University of Georgia’s music business program — make his arguments hard to dismiss. MORE HERE

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