Todd Rundgren, now with the New Cars, is more than just a great musician. For years he has been at the cutting edge of computer technology and music downloads. And not in a “Metallica-screw-the-fans” way either. For loyal fans he set up a subscription service giving fans access to not only his old music, but also works in progress.
Here’s an excerpt from an essay Todd Rundgren wrote on the relationship between musicians and their audience–and how its being threatened by the “dumb asses” of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA):
“It’s time to let the monolith of commoditized music collapse like the Berlin Wall. Musicians can make records if they feel like it, or not. Wide open pipes are ready to transport us, mainstream and fringe alike, into the ears of an eager audience who appreciates us and is more than willing to financially support us. Get out of the way if you can’t lend a hand because … you know the rest by heart.”