This work presents 12 of the most volatile ethical issues facing the music industry. Real-life examples depict both sides of each controversy, and the list of resources provides tools for readers who wish to pursue the controversies further. Primary sources including court cases and excerpts from speeches help students build critical thinking skills in current issues, persuasive writing, and debate classes. Among the controversies ted is the growing oligopoly of a few multinational music companies and the independent labels that are attempting to survive this market dominance. Drug abuse and violence depicted in music is discussed, as is its influence on young listeners. These issues and many more are discussed in detail as the authors outline the controversial topics of the music industry.
RICHARD D. BARNET is a Professor in the Department of the Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University./e He has worked in various positions in the music industry, including artist management, booking, concert promotion, television, and live show music production, performance, and conducting. He is a former officer of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator's Association and a gubernatorial appointee to the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Advisory Council as well as a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. LARRY L. BURRISS is a Professor of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University./e He served as Director of the School of Journalism and was the first director of its graduate program. Burriss has published extensively on First Amendment issues, and has won numerous awards, including the Tennessee Associated Press Radio award, for his written and broadcast commentaries.