Mellencamp: Internet Is Like an A-Bomb

Even so, his latest album is available on it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2010 11:24 AM CDT
Mellencamp: Internet Is Like an A-Bomb
Singer John Mellencamp performs during a tribute to former NCAA president Myles Brand in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

“The Internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb,” according to rocker John Mellencamp. “It's destroyed the music business. It's going to destroy the movie business,” and it could lead “some smart people, the China-Russians or something,” to conquer us by hacking our power grid or financial system. He made the dire warnings while promoting his latest album…which was released in stores as well as, yes, on the Internet, Reuters reports.

His reasoning: When comparing the sound quality of a Beatles song on a remastered CD versus an iPod, “you could barely even recognize it as the same song,” he said in a seminar at the Grammy Museum. “You could tell it was those guys singing, but the warmth and quality of what the artist intended for us to hear was so vastly different.” Apparently, no similar reasoning was given for his "China-Russians" comment.
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