The Who's Pete Townshend: 'Apple is a digital vampire' The Who Tickets

Guitarist says the technology giant is making new bands 'bleed'

The Who's Pete Townshend: 'Apple is a digital vampire'

Photo: PA

The Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend has labeled technology giant Apple as a "digital vampire".

Townshend, who gave the first John Peel Lecture in Salford last night (October 31), said that he believed the internet was "destroying copyright as we know it" and was damaging the growth of new music, reports BBC News.

He said of Apple: "Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can't provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire, like a digital Northern Rock, for its enormous commission."

He continued: "Apple should employ 20 talent scouts from the dying record business to give guidance to new acts and provide financial and marketing support to the best ones."

Townshend also laid into people who had downloaded his band's music without paying, saying that they "may as well come and steal my son's bike while they're at it. If someone pretends that something I have created should be available to them free, I wonder what has gone wrong with human morality and social justice."

The guitarist also said every new artist faced a dilemma about how they distributed their music, saying he believed creative people would prefer to starve then no-one hear their output. He added:

A creative person would prefer their music to be stolen and enjoyed than ignored. This is the dilemma for every creative soul: he or she would prefer to starve and be heard than to eat well and be ignored.


Townshend is currently preparing for the release of his long-awaited memoir Who He? He has been writing the book for over 15 years and was cautioned by police in 2003 during its writing after accessing child pornography on the internet. When questioned by police about the material he cited researching for the book as his reason for doing so.

The Who guitarist has also described the book, which will be published by Harper Collins, as a "rite of passage". It is expected to be published in the autumn of 2012.

Read More On This Artist

The Who Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Who Tickets

from £70


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Who Tickets

from £84


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Who Tickets

from £119

back to top

More News
Will Butler shares new Christmas song 'Christmas 2014' - listen
Gucci Mane releases Christmas album
Google to start publishing lyrics online
Sleaford Mods criticise UKIP and cereal "jesters" in alternative Christmas Queen's...
Thom Yorke tops list of most legally downloaded artists on BitTorrent in 2014
Fat White Family share new song for Christmas - watch
Radio 1 boss George Ergatoudis: 'There's no reason why there couldn't be a new...
Gerard Way: 'I miss the theatricality of My Chemical Romance'
14 more songs from Madonna's upcoming album leak online, including Pharrell collaboration
St Vincent hosts radio show for BBC 6 Music's 'Three Wise Women' Christmas...
The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel: 'I didn't like the way Mark Kozelek criticised...
Avril Lavigne denies rumours that she's in rehab
Prince shares lyric video for 'ANOTHERLOVE' - watch
Arctic Monkeys share short documentary film to mark end of 'AM' world tour
Wale and A-Trak release new Seinfeld-themed 'Festivus' mixtape
Madonna asks fans not to listen to her leaked album tracks
Bryan Ferry's son Merlin injured in car crash
One Direction sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots - watch
Footage emerges of a young Björk telling the nativity story - watch
Kanye West impersonator turns 'Yeezus' into a Christmas album - listen
$39 million settlement reached for 2011 Sugarland stage collapse which killed seven
Darkside's Dave Harrington joined by Antlers' frontman for Joni Mitchell cover - listen

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Date/Time Venue Town/City Seetickets Viagogo
22 Mar 2015 The O2 Arena London

Tickets not currently available.

Buy The Who Tickets
from £70

23 Mar 2015 The O2 Arena London

Tickets not currently available.

Buy The Who Tickets
from £84

21 Jun 2015 Odyssey Belfast

Tickets not currently available.

Buy The Who Tickets
from £119

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM