Thursday, May 21, 2009

Good On Green Day

I'm not a huge Green Day fan, but my estimation of them went up a bit when I heard about their Wal-Mart brush off. Their new album, 21st Century Breakdown, has bad words on it, which means that Wal-Mart won't sell it without editing. Unlike most big name artists, Green Day said, "thanks, but no thanks" and refused to comply. So Wal-Mart won't sell the new album.

Make no mistake, Wal-Mart is completely within its rights to decide what it wants to sell or not sell (it doesn't, contrary to what guitarist Mike Dirnt thinks, have an "obligation to sell people the correct art." But Green Day (and their label) has the equal right to not play by their rules. It's the free market in action.

Maybe I'll have to go pick up a copy of 21st Century Breakdown after all.

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