It’s funny how you think of the internet as permanent (or at least I do). You think a website will always exist even if it’s no longer being updated. But websites erode and collapse into the ether like other man-made creations.
In the same vein, you think you’ll be able to find a band (like The Drovers but their website just re-directs to the Wikipedia page) or at least be able to purchase their music in a satisfactory manner. But you can’t or at least not from the artist. It’s strange to think that a band’s music wouldn’t be available on iTunes. Or perhaps it’s just strange to me.
I mean this is a band that recorded four albums and did soundtrack music for the motion pictures, Blink and Backdraft. You can only purchase their soundtrack music on iTunes. Nothing else. But I don’t want their soundtrack music, I want the whirling dervish trippy sound of their song She’s as Pretty as Brian Jones Was.
The Drovers played Oberlin, I think back in 1994 or 1995. I saw them play our basement disco (lovingly called The ‘Sco) back then. They were electrifying, the fiddle playing extraordinary and compelling. We danced throughout their whole set. You couldn’t help it.
So it’s sad to me that it is so difficult for others to discover and purchase their music. Indeed, I had to go to Amazon to third-party sellers and skipped World of Monsters since the used CD going rate was $50+.
I’ll have to see if there are any live performances posted on YouTube. But someone should remedy the relative unavailability of their catalog online. It’s sad and reminds me of a friend’s band who no longer has a web presence, an official website that they did so much work on. They didn’t renew the domain and bam! it’s gone. So many shows, so much hard work and music eroding.
You want what you’ve created to remain out there even as ghost prints.