Top AJBlog Posts For 01.02.14

How a Brilliant Writer Got in His Own Way Source: Straight|Up | Published on 2014-01-02 What Cooking and Writing Have in Common Source: Out There | Published on 2014-01-02 Betsky Out At Cincinnati Art Museum Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-02 Hot video: Possibly the most horrible piano recital of the year Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-02

The 20 Most-Pirated Musicians Of 2013

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Although these year-end numbers show piracy is alive and well, BitTorrent piracy has been in decline in recent years, Musicmetric EVP Daniel Savage tells Billboard. “Previous research that we’ve done indicates that the increased availability of music via streaming is a contributing factor.”

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Museums Have Gotten Technology All Wrong. So Stop!

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“This obsession with new technology is based on the patronising belief that engaging the public means geeing them up and making the museum experience ‘fun-filled’ and purposefully ‘enlightening’. Even more pernicious is the belief that grabbing the young, before they know any better, will create future audiences.”

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So Where Are We On A New Business Model For The Music Business?

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“There is a disconnect between an external perception which is still [us as] a cartoonish baddy, versus what we have done over the last 10 years. We have really matured, grown as a business, we have added skill sets from outside. All this soul searching, all this disruption has had a positive upside.”

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Lawyer Fined For Outing JK Rowling Pseudonym Last Year

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“Chris Gossage of London law firm Russells Solicitors — which represents Rowling — told a friend of his wife that the “Harry Potter” creator was author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” published last year under the name Robert Galbraith. The friend tweeted the information, and it was followed up by the Sunday Times.”

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Lawsuits Mounting Over Faked Art Scandal

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“It has become clear that some of the forged works remain in museum storage, that two were returned to the gallery and that the whereabouts of many more are unknown. Some of the duped buyers are taking action: three new lawsuits have been filed, bringing the number of ongoing civil cases to eight.”

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What’s Killing New Music?

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The idea that “the audience does not matter as much as “the music,” and that considering the audience as an essential part of music composition is tantamount to pandering.”

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Can-Do Culture Versus Can’t-Do Culture

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“The trouble with innovation is that truly innovative ideas often look like bad ideas at the time. That’s why they are innovative — until now, nobody ever figured out that they were good ideas.”

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Is Valery Gergiev Being Scapegoated for the Kremlin’s Anti-Gay Policies?

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As head of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater and a famously tireless globe-trotter, Gergiev is Russia’s leading conductor and arguably its most prominent living musician. He is also the cultural figure most closely identified with Vladimir Putin. Consequently, it is Gergiev who is constantly targeted with protests in the West over Russia’s treatment of its gay […]

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Kevin McKenzie on Bringing ABT Back From the Brink

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In 1992, American Ballet Theater was reeling from a $6 million deficit and an ugly breakup with artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov. “McKenzie – a plain-speaking former working-class Irish Catholic altar boy turned ABT principal dancer – was brought in to try to save the company.”

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Top AJBlog Posts For 01.01.14

Hoping For A Better 2014 For The Cleveland Museum Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-01 ‘In Praise of Folly’: Advice for 2014 or Any Year Source: Straight|Up | Published on 2014-01-01 End Of The Year Thoughts On Museums And Money Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2013-12-31 ‘JFK Customs destroyed 11 of my instruments’ Source: Slipped Disc | Published on […]

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How Andy Warhol Explains China’s Attitudes Toward Chairman Mao

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Under Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party decreed that the Great Helmsman was 70 percent right and 30 percent wrong. “And this mixed legacy makes it hard to pin down exactly what about Mao Party leaders want to celebrate, and what about him they don’t. Who could have anticipated this? Andy Warhol.”

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