Radio Berkman 173: The Portrait of the Self-Published Artist (Rethinking Music II)

January 28, 2011

From the MediaBerkman blog:

Big music publishers may be worried about declining CD sales and the inability of digital purchases to make up the difference.

But independent artists have continued to create, innovate, connect with fans, and even make a pretty decent living on their own, without big budget promotions — or even physical copies of their albums in stores.

For today’s show we were lucky to be joined by two amazing artists:

Amanda Palmer
sat down with David Weinberger to talk about her latest self-release, Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under, and her mission to redefine what success as a musician means.

And Donald Glover chatted with us about the wonder of his quintuple threat career — star of NBC’s Community, writer, standup comic, remix artist, and rapper — his most recent release, and how he makes a living making music that is free as in beer, and free as in speech.

Listen up! Comment on the show! Tweet us! And check out the reference section after the jump for links to our guests and more.

Reference Section

Find music by Amanda Palmer (including her just released album “Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under”) and by Tristan Allen
Follow Amanda Palmer
Follow Donald Glover and find his music here
More on the Rethink Music Conference and call for papers
Follow our Rethinking Music series and listen to Part I

Next spring, the Berklee College of Music and MIDEM, in association with the Berkman Center, are hosting the Rethink Music Conference, bringing together artists, industry representatives, policymakers, educators, and innovators to discuss this very issue: the future of creative works, their distribution, and the laws that regulate them. Look out for more on this as we continue this series about music and the music industry.


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January 28, 2011