Elton John shakes fist, yells; “Hey you kids! Get the hell off my driveway!”
Admittedly, Elton John isn’t up on the latest technology:
“I am the biggest technophobe of all time… “I don’t have a mobile phone or an iPod or anything. I am such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano.”
Which is fine, unless you let it blind you to the creativity of others in your field:
“I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There’s too much technology available.
“I’m sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today.”
“The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff.
“Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn’t bode well for long-term artistic vision.
“It’s just a means to an end.
You see, things were better in the old days:
“In the early Seventies there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you’re lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality.
“And there are more albums released each week now than there were then.”
Elton John is a musical genius, but just dig out that old copy of Rock Of The Westies and see if he has any room to talk about anyone else’s early work. Sure, he’s produced some gems since then, but quite a bit of commercialized mediocrity too.
Elton, when you’re stuck in the ‘70’s, try rocking it. You can take that however you want.
The Sun Online – Elton John: Why we must close the ‘Net
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