Sunday 16 June 2019

Iggy Pop slates U2 deal, but sticks up for 'pirates'

Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop

By Aine Fox

Rocker Iggy Pop has hit out at the modern music industry which he said is "laughably maybe almost entirely pirate", but said he understands that some music fans who access tracks for free do so because they have been "totally left out, screwed and abandoned".

The former Stooges frontman also criticised U2 and Apple for their recent partnership when they gave away the group's latest album for free.

He said they had stolen the listener's choice.

"Part of the process when you buy something from an artist ... It's a kind of anointing, you are giving people love," the 67-year-old told the annual lecture in honour of the late BBC broadcaster John Peel.

"It's your choice to give or withhold. You are giving a lot of yourself, besides the money."

Pop, who is one of the pioneers of punk, said the development of digital devices has seen people become estranged from morals, allowing them to "steal" music.

But despite his criticism of the workings of the industry during his speech on the subject of "free music in a capitalist society", Pop said he empathised with people struggling in a time of financial hardship.

Pop follows figures such as Pete Townshend and Charlotte Church in delivering the BBC Music John Peel Lecture. This year marks a decade since the death of Peel.

The lecture will be screened by BBC4 on Sunday.


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