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Published: 2012/09/18

Cracker Apologizes To Neil Young

Cracker frontman David Lowery has issued a conciliatory statement to Neil Young. Earlier today we noted that yesterday the Huffington Post ran a story titled “Neil Young: Piracy Is ‘The New Radio,’ Way To Get Your Music Heard.” This piece summarized Young’s talk at the D: Dive into Media conference from this past January. At that event Young spoke about digital music distribution and had this to say about piracy: “It doesn’t affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone … Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around … That’s the radio. If you really want to hear it, let’s make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.”

Cracker’s Johnny Hickman then responded in response: “Fuck you Neil Young. I love most of your music (some of it sucks ass) that you made millions upon millions of dollars on….you own property all over the world, have 50 antique gas guzzling cars and a full recording studio….you have no say in the matter NOW you rich, greedy old asshole. We hundredaire working class musicians DO!”

Now Cracker’s David Lowery has issued a Facebook of his own. he writes, “Apologies to Neil Young. He is free to think whatever he wants about Piracy. I’m not against casual non-profit sharing of files among fans. I draw the line when it becomes a for-profit business. for example in the case of ‘file lockers’ or ‘cyber lockers’ which are for profit businesses that make their money from advertising and ‘premium’ faster downloads. These companies make millions a year and share nothing with the artists. Johnny got a little over excited.”

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