Evil record companies, circa 1900

This “click-through” license on an Edison-style phonograph cylinder has been making the rounds. But don’t miss the front side: a giant photo of Edison himself, and his name in the largest font possible. As the photo caption says:

They really weren’t concerned with artist promotion, I guess.

From day one, the record companies have been more concerned about their own well-being than artists, it seems. -m

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