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This is an article from Maximum Rock n’ Roll #133 written by Steve Albini, and it details the problems encountered when dealing with a major label.

“The Problem With Music”
by Steve Albini

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.

Jeffrey Lewis responds:

I love this article, and I recommend y’all read it, for a laugh and a bit of enlightenment.

The important turning point for the hypothetical doomed band in Albini’s article is this subtle sentence:
“They’re a little ambitious. They’d like to get signed by a major label so they can have some security you know, get some good equipment, tour in a proper tour bus — nothing fancy, just a little reward for all the hard work.”

This is where they screw themselves. NONE of the above is essential to good music, it’s just bait to trap musicians.

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