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Mick Jagger Talks Tech, Gives the Finger to the Recording Industry

Mick Jagger is OK with Pirating
The ridiculous hyperbole and heavy-handed tactics from the recording industry make it difficult to sympathize, and impossible to empathize, with greedy executives who incessantly whine about music downloading. That unceasing diatribe, then, makes it wholly refreshing and empowering when established artists openly disavow or mock the anti-piracy crusade.

The Rolling Stones have played the role of industry miscreants, intent on protecting their fair share, for four decades. The band's seminal 1972 recording 'Exile on Main Street' most exemplifies that anti-establishment pattern as the group recorded it while "enduring" a tax-induced exile in the south of France. Front-man Mick Jagger is currently making the publicity rounds to hype the album's upcoming re-release, which will also coincide with the debut of a 'Stones in Exile' documentary.

In an interview with the BBC, Jagger addresses the intertwining relationship between music and technology, while succinctly dismissing the negative effects of file-sharers on actual artists and musicians. Saying that he's "quite relaxed" about downloading issues, the lead singer scoffed at the possible repercussions on entrenched labels, because -- aside from a brief 25-year period -- "we didn't make any money out of records because record companies wouldn't pay you! They didn't pay anyone!"

You can celebrate the fruits of Jagger and the Stones' anti-corporate attitude, along with 10 previously un-released tracks from the 'Exile' sessions, beginning this week, while the film hits stores in June. [From: The BBC, via Boing Boing]

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