Bono is lashing out at illegal music downloading, while still acknowledging that he’s “overpaid and overnourished”. The original interview was allegedly with USA Today, but all I could find was other sites using the quotes. Bono says the music industry “has been thrown to the dogs” and that music is “a sacred thing” that shouldn’t be given away for nothing. Bono wants the cops to be called when there’s an illegal download in process. Ruh-roh:
U2’s Bono has admitted he is “overpaid and overnourished” in his latest attack on illegal music downloading.
The Irish rocker claims he is not the best person to speak out for musicians who are less well-off than himself, given his own financial status.
He said: “People think artists like me are overpaid and overnourished, and they’re not wrong. What they’re missing is, how does a songwriter get paid?
“Music has become tap water, a utility, where for me it’s a sacred thing, so I’m a little offended by illegal downloading.”
“The music business has been thrown to the dogs. That will change when file-sharing of TV shows and movies becomes as easy as songs. Somebody is going to call the cops.”
From The Daily Record
Though Bono has a point, perhaps he’s not the best messenger. Bono the person/advocate/tax-haven-lovin’ wanker (as opposed to Bono the lead singer of U2) has been getting destroyed in the press lately for his lack of … how shall I say it… authenticity on the whole advocacy thing. The whole “putting your money where your mouth is” thing, Bono’s not so good at that. It just seems like the more Bono talks about how rich he is and how he wants people to go to jail for trying to get something for free, he looks like a corporate CEO complaining about taxes. It’s just not rock and roll.
Bono is shown outside the Chateau Marmont on 3/9/09. Credit: WENN.com