Neil Young vs. Spotify part deux via News from the Front (NFTF). Veteran rocker Neil Young recently took on the streaming platform Spotify over its airing of “misinformation” regarding Covid 19 vaccinations from the Joe Rogan podcast.
As NFTF launches into part deux (read Neil Young vs. Spotify part one) and discusses how Young was the soundtrack to our early college years it is important to share how things have gone since Young threw down the ultimatum gauntlet on Spotify so one can enjoy the power of ONE. Joni Mitchell, Peter Frampton, Nils Lofgrin, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters are a few who have pulled their catalogs from Spotify and depending upon whom you read, Spotify has lost between 2 to 4 billion dollars in market value and stocks are down by 25%.
Young was not going to have his music streamed on a platform that has Joe Rogan espousing untruths and misinformation about Covid vaccinations. Upon looking up Rogan’s background NFTF finds that he did not study journalism. Journalism is important to a factual writer or presenter due to the fact that the students have to study the ethics involved in reporting the news. There have been many dialogues over this issue. If you have not studied journalism than you may not call yourself a journalist, the major sticking point has always been the ethics. Without the fettering of ethics, a person is likely to say anything without benefit of scientific proof or evidence. No ethics, no journalism.
NFTF has been watching events unfold mostly on Twitter and cannot help but note how many people had no idea how little artists make from streaming royalties. NFTF caught a ringer trying to mislead readers by saying how many millions of dollars Young makes off of streaming platforms…ummm no he doesn’t. No one makes that kind of cash off of Spotify except Spotify. The ringer was buried in an avalanche of boos.
Truly, Young’s stance is the best thing to have happen in the music business for a few decades and has brought to the forefront how streaming platforms are ripping off artists and contrary to popular belief aren’t making the kind of profits that platforms like Spotify makes. To be clear, Young wasn’t trying to censor Rogan, he was cancelling himself.
NFTF has a feeling that the former Byrds, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young singer/guitar player David Crosby would have thrown down had it not been for Irving Azoff buying his entire catalog some months back. NFTF is thinking that might be the case with several performers that have sold their catalogs to outside parties during this wretched Covid pandemic because they needed the revenue.
NFTF is wondering where Azoff lands in all of this fray because of his various business dabblings in the business of music. Seems like he owns about a third of the business, but we digress.
When NFTF graduated from high school our mother gave us an ultimatum: go to college or get out! Having to make the huge decision about our path, we decided to leave the world of the Sunset Strip, people watching on Laurel Canyon and the Go Go Dancer Mona. It wasn’t an easy choice by any means, but NFTF wanted to be a legitimate journalist so we embarked onto the road of higher education.
During that time Young’s album “Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere” was coming into our purview and so off we went to college dressed in cowgirl boots and a white crocheted Mexican pheasant mini dress determined to learn how to write while our East Indian bells jingled all the way.
NFTF’s favorite album is “Retrospective” by the Buffalo Springfield which got more play than any other vinyl album that NFTF owned at the time. Our high school BFF LaJuana Corn would listen with NFTF and we used to get her on a song that ends with a heartbeat. NFTF would tell her that was her heart beat so when it stopped she would get all freaked out…of course weed was involved.
Neil Young was the last concert that LaJuana had seen before she became terminally ill and passed away. She was sad that people were leaving the concert because of his newer work which she said sounded more experimental than anything. In typical LaJuana fashion, she was going over to those leaving and asking what their problem was. A couple of times she even made some sit back down, but that was LaJuana for ya. She was a big girl with ginger hair who wasn’t afraid to word up on someone and she wore cowgirl boots like NFTF only she called them “shit kickers” with a few small bells on the pulls.
And as we wind on down the road of this Rock N’ Roll fantasy more artists are backing Young to the hilt. Among those that have joined are: Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Queen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam.
Hey Neil, for what it’s worth my fancy shit kickers from the Boot Barn are right there with you…the pistols are extra. But, my bells are still jingling.