CHRONICLE OF THE LIFERS
One of the unifying threads of the Canadian music scene are the “lifers” — artists whose dedication to art and music means they’re still at it, even 17 years later. In this issue alone, Sarah Harmer answered our Questionnaire (then 20 Questions); At the Drive-In were profiled for their new album The Relationship of Command; Ryan Adams struck out from his band Whiskeytown and launched a prolific solo career; we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of pioneering electronic label Ninja Tune; and we reviewed Peaches’ debut Teaches of Peaches.
TURNS OUT NO
After we published an examination of the rise of file-sharing service Napster, one reader wrote in to say “The recording industry will easily survive this new electronic media. The simple fear of losing a few dollars is much too narrowminded a view to have.” Another reader weighed in with “Show me one artist who has been made poor by Napster. If free access will destroy the music industry, why hasn’t Random House burned down libraries?”