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Dave Allen: Stop blaming the Internet! It has always been hard for musicians

As the debate rages over the plight of musicians in the digital age, the battle lines have begun to harden: Call it the war of the three Davids. But instead of involving biblical kings, this one has provoked musicians from three high-credibility bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s. David Lowery of Camper van Beethoven and David Byrne of Talking Heads have taken a positioncritical of what the online world has done to musicians and their livelihoods. (Byrne takes a more complex and ambiguous position in his book "How Music Works" than he does in his recent Guardian pieces.) Dave Allen, bass player for Gang of Four’s first two albums, has offered retorts to their arguments, especially in his opinion pieces in the Guardian.

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