Bill Drummond Said (Part Two)

Bill Drummond said: “All recorded music has run its course. Dispense with all previous forms of music and music-making and start again”

Bill Drummond is right.

How many times have you bought a CD only to find that the recording you now own is a pale shadow of the track you heard the band play live?

How many times have you bought a CD only to find that the recording you now own has lost something since you heard it on the radio?

How many times have you bought a CD and only played it the once?

Bill Drummond has formed a choir, The17.

I’m going to do something different. The Revolutionary Music shop will close on Saturday 20th September, at 5pm.

Revolutionary Music is dead. Long live revolutionarymusic.co.uk

Dan Thompson, 8th September 08

Bill Drummond Said

Bill Drummonds The17 Manifesto
Bill Drummond's The17 Manifesto

Bill Drummond has just launched his latest book, The17.

It takes, as its starting point, the idea that ‘all recorded music has run its course. Dispense with all previous forms of music and music-making and start again’.

Now, I’ve been running Revolutionary Music for six months, selling CDs to Worthing’s most discerning customers from a tiny store in a back alley hiding beneath the heavy weight of the Guildbourne Centre. We sell to people who can talk knowledgably about The Wedding Present and their side-project The Ukrainians; understand the difference in fiddle style between Eliza Carthy, John McCusker and Bella Hardy; and already have Laura Marling’s album in the rare Songbox format.

And I’ve become slowly aware that, after a lifetime collecting music and building up over 2000 CDs filled with nu-folk and old jazz, psychedelic rock and dirty indie, new music and old Northern soul, that like Bill, I’m getting a bit bored of listening to music.

Bill formed a choir, The17, performing Fluxus-style scores. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet.