The Problem with Music  

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"Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying shit. I imagine these people, some of them good friends, some of them barely acquaintances, at one end of this trench. I also imagine a faceless industry lackey at the other end, holding a fountain pen and a contract waiting to be signed."--"The Problem with Music" (1993) by Steve Albini

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"The Problem with Music" (1993) is an essay by Steve Albini on the music industry. It was printed in The Baffler, vol. 5 and reprinted both in Maximum RocknRoll #133 and in Downhill Battle (en espaƱol).

Commonly circulated with the title "Some of your friends are [probably] already this fucked," after the title of MR #133, and the last line of the piece.

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