The digital dark ages

Is easy access to the music of yesteryear stifling creativity? Duran Duran bassist and '80s fashion icon John Taylor thinks so – and he blames the internet.

In a speech given at UCLA two weeks ago, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor comes off as earnest and reasonably thoughtful, so I am going to do my best to take seriously his argument that the internet may be "stifling new music." But it won't be easy.

When a member of a band notorious for leveraging its good looks and stylish hair into rock superstardom mainly via the new medium of MTV complains about the supposed negative impact of even newer media it sounds just a little bit ungrateful.



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