The PJ Tatler

Bon Jovi: Luddite

Jon Bon Jovi, whose music was relevant back when cassingles were cool, hates Steve Jobs:

Bon Jovi tells The Sunday Times Magazine, “Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it.

“God, it was a magical, magical time. I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: ‘What happened?’. Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.”

Actually, Jon, iTunes saved the music industry from its own ineptitude in the digital age. And digital distribution has made it possible for indy acts to compete with the stale dinosaurs of rock you used to find lining the bins at Media Play.

And, yes, Jon, you do sound like an old man.