Via Jeremylott.net comes this BBC interview with Sir (Dame?) Mick Jagger, musing on Internets piracy and all that:
I am quite relaxed about it [the tubes and downloading on the downlow]. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don't make as much money out of records.
But I have a take on that—people only made money out of records for a very, very small time. When The Rolling Stones started out, we didn't make any money out of records because record companies wouldn't pay you! They didn't pay anyone!
Then, there was a small period from 1970 to 1997, where people did get paid, and they got paid very handsomely and everyone made money. But now that period has gone.
So if you look at the history of recorded music from 1900 to now, there was a 25 year period where artists did very well, but the rest of the time they didn't.