Kristin Hersh has posted her Thoughts On Sustainability to her blog and it makes reassuring reading...the future of an industry where the labels don't control the artist may be a little way off but seeing someone of the profile of Kristin seriously considering a business model that involves "relying on listeners, treating music as a cooperative" gives me hope that ultimately the listener (fan!) and the artist will find ways of doing business without the corporations sucking the life (and the money) out of music.
To that end, I think I need to engage in a grassroots kind of capitalism, choosing principles over profits, values over image, ideals over marketing. I have to create a permeable membrane between artist and listener -- Im a craftsperson, after all. The church of the rock star that the music industry televangelists hawk has always been anathema to me anyway. This is about songs and sounds, nothing else.