Elaine Fine posted this video on her Musical Assumptions blog recently, demonstrating the relative level of importance that government places on music and music performers here in the United States. Listen to Bush’s response to the question posed to him by an Altissimo Records representative, and (more disturbing and surprising) check out the reaction of the audience–laughter and applause! Despite pointing out that music is one of the the United States’ largest exports and that, besides the U.S., the only other countries not paying a statutory royalty to performing artists are China, Iran, North Korea, and Rwanda.
Thanks for finding this clip, Elaine!
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