Money for Nothing (VHS)
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Behind the Business of Pop Music
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Of all mass cultural forms, popular music has historically been characterized by the greatest independence for artists and allowing access to a broader diversity of voices. However, in the contemporary period, this independence is being threatened by a shrinking number of record companies, the centralization of radio ownership and playlists, and the increasing integration of popular music into the broader advertising and commercial aspects of the market.
Narrated by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Money for Nothing features interviews with hip-hop legend and pioneer Chuck D, respected independent artist Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti of Spearhead, and Riot Grrrl co-founder Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre). It also includes interviews with popular music historian Professor Reebee Garafolo, ex-Rolling Stone editor Dave Marsh, political economist Robert W. McChesney, and Shirley Halperin, editor of BOP magazine.
Money for Nothing succinctly explains how popular music is produced and marketed, and offers an accessible critique of the current state of popular music.
Sections: The Music Industry | The Gatekeepers: Radio, MTV, Touring, Retail | Music, Advertising, Marketing | Alternatives
Executive Producer: Sut Jhally
Producer: Kembrew McLeod
Associate Producers: Thom Monahan, Jeremy Smith
Editor: Jeremy Smith
Location Audio: Thom Monahan, Jeremy Smith
Post-Production Audio and Sound Design: Thom Monahan
Camera: Susan Ericsson, Kelly Garner, Robbie Leppzer
Motion Graphics: Kara Gregson-Goodhind
Research: Kembrew McLeod, Thom Monahan, Jeremy Smith
Production Manager: Kelly Garner
Production Assistants: Devinn Kraut, Chris Lind, Adrienne Moore, Abigail Plimpton
Official Selection, 2002 South by Southwest Film Festival
Official Selection, 2002 New England Film & Video Festival
Official Selection, 2002 REVelation Film Festival
Official Selection, 2002 San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, 2002 Experience Music Project Pop Music Conference
Official Selection, 2002 Lost Film Festival
Official Selection, 2001 Sound Unseen Festival
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