Where to go now? My last post on the Beatles has been taken down due to ‘copyright violation’, an exact duplication of what happened to Ed a few days ago. This is fucking it. After my last spat over a single Van Morrison track, it’s really taking the piss to have my efforts demeaned in this way. Ed’s already sounded off at length about this, and I couldn’t better what he’s written, so I’m going to be brief about my intentions.
There will be no more posts and no more music if I can’t write about what I like and post relevant music. There’s not even been a warning, just a fucking crappy notice, to wit:
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And it’s not just this. Over 100 people have downloaded my Peel Sessions poll form, but to date I have received only 5 entries. I feel like I’m just pissing in the wind here: a lot of effort for no return. Moreover, I’m not even getting a decent amount of comments or support. One recent track went into treble download figures and I got two comments. I’ve had enough. Teenage Kicks is at the end of the road, and don’t think you are immune, my friends. This is just the thin end of the wedge. Watch your backs.