A new Radiohead album drops in 10 days! Sort of. It's called IN RAINBOWS.
I did a quick Google search and found out this much.
You can download it from their website on October 10th, and pay what you want. The actual CD doesn't hit until December.
I am very happy about this.
So here's the million dollar (literally) question. Radiohead is saying directly to its fans, pay what you want for our album. Of course, right now, that's a huge nod of faith to its fanbase. The question becomes, what will you pay? What is the value you place on this? Will you pay nothing and take advantage of the band's generosity? Or would you pay extra to encourage this type of thing and support the independence of the band?
I think this really cuts across a broad spectrum of media purchasing decisions. If all purchases were treated as donations, would you pay more for things you value? Would your dollar become, truly, a way to vote?
Let's make this a little simpler. I'm just curious. If your favorite band (whomever it may be) did exactly what Radiohead is doing...how much would you pay for their new album, knowing you could have it for free with their blessing? $5? $10? More?
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.