Jim Carroll

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From the legal dept: Dublin venue the Button Factory has gone into examinership. If you don’t have your well-thumbed copy of Keane’s Company Law in the Republic Of Ireland to hand, here’s what this means. For Yank readers, it’s a …

Mon, Feb 7, 2011, 09:57

   

From the legal dept: Dublin venue the Button Factory has gone into examinership. If you don’t have your well-thumbed copy of Keane’s Company Law in the Republic Of Ireland to hand, here’s what this means. For Yank readers, it’s a bit like Chapter 11.

No such problems for Live Nation’s Irish venues, per a piece in the Sunday Business Post, where chief executive Mike Adamson was bullish about expansion plans, including a “mid-range” venue in Dublin for 3-4000 people, a 6,000 capacity venue in Cork (“very much on the cards”) and “maybe there’s an opportunity in Galway”. Adamson also said that the long (long) running MCD takeover was still on the table with a deal “still being talked about”. The way should be clearer now that MCD founders Dinny Desmond and Eamo McCann have finally settled their spat (an undisclosed deal was reached in December after McCann had spent a week in the witness box and before Desmond took the stand).

Diagram of the day: mapping web-based music consumption in the United States in 2010

P4K on hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc’s struggle to pay his medical bills.

The Google Music speculation continues here, there and blooming well everywhere.

A question for Eircom: where have all the music pirates gone?

Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere: excellent post from BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason about why we’re seeing protests of every stripe worldwide. Nothing, sadly, in the piece about why the Irish political debate is currently all about an insubstanial leaders’ debate (insubstanial in comparison to the real issues this little country faces).

The business of getting music on the big screen.

Do you remember the sound of silence? Interesting piece from Terence Blacker on the “commercial and cultural terrorism” of taped music in public places.

Francis Ford Coppola on art: “This idea of Metallica or some rock n’ roll singer being rich, that’s not necessarily going to happen anymore. Because, as we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right. They should be able to download music and movies. I’m going to be shot for saying this. But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money?”

Well, it worked for The Priests….

Jaysus, if U2 owned a dog, he’d come up and piss on their leg at this stage what with Spiderman woes and now, Johannesburg copper thieves.

Interesting post from Pop & Hiss about why stories about low US record sales aren’t really telling the full story. Yes, there’s a bang of spin off the piece, but there’s also a few home truths about long-run sustainability in there too.

Anyone buying or selling a ticket? If Live Nation can jump into bed with Ticketmaster (we’re still raging they didn’t call the company MasterNation), well their rivals AEG Live can also do their own ticketing deal. The latter have joined forces with Canuck tech start-up Outbox Technology to set up its own bespoke ticketing service and hope to have the system up and running in their US venues by later this year with a global roll-out by 2013. AEG don’t (yet) own or operate any venues in Ireland.

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