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Monday morning good news dept: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are coming to town – well Europe anyway. “The European dates run from the middle of May until end of July and are being announced this week”, per …

Mon, Nov 21, 2011, 09:11

   

Monday morning good news dept: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are coming to town – well Europe anyway. “The European dates run from the middle of May until end of July and are being announced this week”, per Bruce’s people. We hope this run includes an Irish date. New album coming too.

Date for your diary: Florence & The Machine plays Dublin’s O2 on March 2 next. Support from The Horrors and Spector (yes on both counts). Tickets go on sale on Thursday next at €39.05 a pop (plus Ticketmaster gravy).

Speaking of TM (how’s that for a link?): you may just have a smidgin of pity for Ticketmaster execs after you read this. Dramarama: “people want to eat my kids they’re so angry”

Futuretech: notes from the Techonomy 2011 conference with Sean Parker and Jim Breyer predicting what comes next. Parker is advising a few punts on the music publishing sector.

Meet the media: you’ll find a podcast of the (excellent! entertaining! informative!) media panel from the recent Sligo Music Industry Day, featuring Jenny Huston, Una Mullally and myself, below. Links to all the other panels from the day here.

What if your most dedicated fans paid you a dollar (or euro) a month? Interesting thinking to be filed alongside 1,000 True Fans and assorted other what-if-ery.

Some quotes from the recent U.K. Festival Conference, chiefly Festival Republic (and Electric Picnic) dude Melvin Benn talking about festivals signing exclusive deals with acts to ensure they don’t play other UK or European events.

Best reading of the day: Stefan Goldmann on the mechanics of excellence in music. Cheers to (deletia) for the link. And, on a related tip, economics prof Joel Waldfogel does some chinscratching about the quality of recorded music since Napster (thanks to OTR reader Willie for the tip)

20 years on from the release of “Achtung Baby”, Bill Flanagan, the man who wrote the best book on U2 (“U2: At the End of the World”) recalls what it was all about. A lot has changed since 1991 – you don’t get thousands queuing up outside a record shop at midnight any more. Warning to old-school record biz people: you’ll weep when you see this video.

The view from the pit: music photographers on how things look through their lens.

Fascinating podcast (with Broadsheet-like transcript) on how movie money works.

One for the future-of-newspapers students: superb piece by Michael Shapiro on what happened at the San Jose Mercury News, the Silicon Valley newspaper which almost seized the future.

Martin Aston on the life and times of Tim Buckley’s amazing “Song to the Siren” from his peerless “Starsailor” album, which is about to get some long overdue reissue treatment. We’re still wowed every time by the original

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