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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay

Hey Henry, I always enjoy your column (seriously) and I'm super excited about the companion CD for Springsteen's "Born to Run" memoir (sarcastically)! C'mon Bruce.  Five unreleased tracks and about a dozen recycled album tracks?  What would it cost to include the disc with the book (if you deem the tracks essential to the reader's enjoyment of the book-I bought Joe Ely's "Bonfire of Roadmaps" and Joe included a disc with readings from his journal)?  I often wonder what/who drives the financial fracking of an artist's catalog in these attempts to extract a few additional dollars from an artist's loyal fans?

 

Another thing that annoys me is when you order something from an artist's website and they offer a signed copy for something like $10 more. I suppose if you're into that kind of thing you'd pay it but I've never been into gathering autographs. There are other artists, like Kevin Gordon, who offer a signed copy at no charge and others, like Dirk Hamilton, who just sign them without asking.

And I'm just guessing that KG needs the (my) money more than Mr. Springsteen!

I'd say there's no guessing about it.