:17: Streetlight Manifesto’s Manifesto

There is no question that the music industry is at least a tad corrupt, but a band that publicly denounces itself to get back at its own record company is a pretty extreme course of action.

But that is what popular Portland-based ska band Streetlight Manifesto did this week to boycott their record company, Victory Records.

Here is the link to their website explaining the issue: http://streetlightmanifesto.com/streetlight-manifesto-proudly-boycotts-itself/

The “manifesto” begins by claiming that, “Victory Records is an artist-hostile, morally corrupt and generally dishonest company, with whom we have had the displeasure of being associated due to a contract that was signed years ago.”

As bands become popular, it is the record company that holds all the cards. They make an offer to a band that seems like a good deal but is actually nothing compared to what the record company will make in profit from their music. The result is something that looks like this:

So the call to action for their fans is actually no action at all. Specifically, they are asking their fans, “to please boycott all Streetlight related items by not purchasing any of our records or merchandise from Victory’s website, any traditional CD stores, online third party retailers or any digital distribution service (iTunes, Amazon, etc.).”

They continue to explain that they, “want more than seeing the bad guy get his comeuppance, to see the villain get bitch-slapped by karma…we just want our hard work to go towards something better than the record labels that destroy the spirit of independent music.”

This is a bold move by Streetlight Manifesto and I absolutely applaud them for it. Hopefully, there will be a great shift in how music is sold and distributed and how musicians are compensated.

Oh, and if you don’t know what ska music is, feel free to enlighten yourself:




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