Mick Jagger recently discussed why he supported streaming platforms while having an interview with CBS about the future of the music industry.
The rocker, who’s 80, first discussed why the Rolling Stones’ music couldn’t be the same in an ever-changing world. He explained:
“I’m not saying I’m slavishly trying to be at the cutting edge of everything, but you have to understand how things work, you know, you know, in the current world. And that doesn’t just apply to the music industry; it applies to lots of things.”
He then continued by discussing how the world and the rock scene had evolved over the years:
“I mean, you know, driving a car is a different experience than driving a car in 1960. And the record business, like all businesses, changes a lot. I mean, the record being a business of technology, it never stays the same. It never stayed the same ever.”
Jagger then praised streaming platforms, even against all the ‘malice’ that ‘allegedly’ went down against artists’ rights:
“Streaming, you know, is much maligned, but the interesting thing about it is that people of all generations can access music from all periods. Before, if I wanted to, you know, buy an old blues record from 1955, that was really difficult. I had to do a mail order; I had to go into a specialist’s shop, even though I had plenty of money…”
The frontman and co. are releasing their next album, ‘Hackney Diamonds,’ in October. The album features many names from the rock scene, including Beatles frontman Paul McCartney, the band’s original bassist, Bill Wyman, and Elton John.