Thursday, October 03, 2013
SINEAD TO MILEY: "THE MUSIC BUSINESS DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU OR ANY OF US"
I should probably save this for Cultural Monday, but by then it will be old news and long forgotten. It isn't the biggest piece of news out there or anything, but I think I found rather timely and rather well said. Maybe you have read about the letter from Sinead O'Connor to Miley Cyrus containing a bit of advice for her, some thoughts on the exploitation of women, and on the nastiness known as the Music Industry.
The Music Industry like every other industry in existence during the reign of Patriarchal Capital exploits its workers, even those who are well paid (and aren't really even workers, I suppose). I guess, those artists like Miley Cyrus are really seen by the Industry as, and in some ways really are, just commodities. Are artists like Miley Cyrus being paid for their labor power? Well, I suppose to some extent. However, what the industry really is concerned with is what is produced, as usual, and what leads to capitalist accumulation and gross profits. Is it the music or is it the women or is it both? Just what are they selling us? Maybe I should spend more time thinking about this and write some clever analysis of it all, but maybe one of you will do that for me and save me the time (or maybe someone will just send me something relevant to the question).
There are lots of mainstream articles out there about the letter, but it isn't the easiest thing in the world right now to read the whole thing which was published at Sinead's web page. It is in fact crashing. However, I am printing a copy which I also found at the Guardian.