Friday, June 20th, 2008...11:06 am

Gene Simmons Wants You to be Civilized

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From Wired’s Listening Post comes the following Gene Simmons quote:

“The record industry is dead,” he mourned to AOL. “It’s six feet underground and unfortunately the fans have done this. They’ve decided to download and file share. There is no record industry around so we’re going to wait until everybody settles down and becomes civilized. As soon as the record industry pops its head up we’ll record new material.”

Simmons seems to think that “becoming civilized” is somehow synonymous with “buying Kiss records.” I would submit that, for Digital Natives, Simmons – if they indeed know him at all – is known as that guy with the big tongue from “Celebrity Apprentice” and the knock-off Ozzy Osbourne with another reality show about his family. As to the second, that brings them up to speed with what real metal fans have known for 30 years.

Jacob-Kramer Duffield

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  • Fantastic point. Once you get beyond Gene’s wackiness, he does have a point. What do you (The Berkman Center) think will be the next step for music? Surely the iTunes store isn’t the end-all be-all of music sales?