Everyone’s linking to The Liner Notes Preservation Society
, so why should I be any different? However, while this idea is as charmingly quaint as any non-commercialised sector of the web these days, it’s another entry in my list of things that are Getting it totally wrong
. Hmmm, perhaps if that list existed anywhere except in my mind, I’d post it up for your perusal. Anyway, liner notes can be cool and all, and the siteowners probably don’ t mean anything much by it, but the idea of getting into new music through them strikes me as fetishistic and pointless - a small battle in the ongoing campaign to turn music the product into music the statement. And you can just bet that the the bulk of political liner-notes come from self-apologetic fucks like Moby who want to put cred-winning “meaning” into their work without becoming Bob Dylan or Public Enemy. Isn’t this what the free-flowing cultural exchange of MP3s is supposed to counteract? Did Napster die for THIS????