Elvis Costello: Buy Louis Armstrong's Music Instead Of Mine
Author: Mack Rawden
published: 2011-11-29 19:30:17
Selling music these days is hard. Itís even harder when an artist is unwilling to do a publicity tour, but itís damn near impossible when the musician himself tells everyone who will listen not to buy the LP. Luckily for record labels, creators tend to be willing to promote their work, but in the case of Elvis Costello, he has other ideas.
The singerís website, ElvisCostello.com, has lashed out against the pricing for the upcoming Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook. The set features live performances by Elvis Costello and the Imposters, as well as pictures, artwork and other cool trinkets. The whole thing sounds pretty cool, but unfortunately, the list price is more than two hundred dollars. Thatís entirely unacceptable, at least in the websiteís eyes, and theyíve decided to recommend fans buy Louis Armstrongís Ambassador Of Jazz set instead. Hereís an excerpt of why Satchmo is a better alternativeÖ
Unfortunately, we at www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire.
Elvis Costello has always played by his own rules, and this aggressive middle finger to ludicrous pricing is completely in character. Itís nice to see an artist put his foot down, and itís even nicer to see Louis Armstrong get some love.
In case youíre hellbent on buying some Costello music, the aforementioned post went on to mention the music contained in the box set will be available for purchase separately in a few months for a vastly reduced price. Like Armstrong, Costello is also a wonderful musician; so, Pop Blend highly recommends you look into buying some of his music then.