Roger Waters Slams Digital Music For Pink Floyd’s 50th Birthday

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters took a stand against the digital music empire in a new interview with The Times. “I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983,” he said. “To have been around when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn’t happened, and in consequence, you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people. When this gallery of rogues and thieves had not yet injected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every fucking cent anybody ever made.” As Rolling Stone points out, drummer Nick Mason voiced similar concerns following U2’s release of Songs Of Innocence. Mason said that the free nature of the rollout “devalued music.”

As for whether he’d ever rejoin Pink Floyd, Waters tells The Times, “A reunion is out of the question.”