Lots of lovely links for you:
Open Democracy reprints a Virginia Anderson essay on Cardew from last year.
Check WNYC tonight for a run-down of Anne Midgette’s top 10 classical albums of the year.
EMI/Terra Firma are playing a blinder at the moment: Radiohead: QUIT (“Terra Firma doesn’t understand the music industry”); Paul MacCartney: QUITS (“I’d felt [the people at EMI] had become really very boring, y’know? And I dreaded going to see them”); Robbie Williams: thinking about QUITTING (“I would be very wary about signing him to any major label at the moment” says his manager). Remember, kids – downloads are destroying the music industry, not corporate mismanagement.
Meanwhile, the Deutsche Grammophon store announces 50,000+ downloads in its first week.
And Eighth Blackbird‘s Aussie raves about London manners, the cleanliness and efficiency of our public transport (!), and government arts funding. Dude – re that last, you need to take a look at the news from Western Australia. (Meanwhile, the less cheery news arrives that the London Musicians’ Collective may be about to have their funding trimmed to £0.00. More on which later.)