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Artistic licence: Prestige confined to past

Half way through music writer David Browne’s fascinating new book on Sonic Youth, Goodbye 20th Century, he tells a story that neatly illustrates just how much the music industry has changed over the past two decades.

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
7th June, 2008

Half way through music writer David Browne’s fascinating new book on Sonic Youth, Goodbye 20th Century, he tells a story that neatly illustrates just how much the music industry has changed over the past two decades.

The year was 1994. It was six months after Sonic Youth had released their album Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. The album hadn’t sold well - but then, Sonic Youth albums never sold particularly well....

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