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Radiohead setlists

Radiohead at Victoria Park: Tuesday 24th June (when I went)

15 Step, Bodysnatchers, All I Need, National Anthem, Pyramid Song, Nude, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, The Gloaming, Dollars & Cents, Faust Arp, There There, Just, Climbing Up The Walls, Reckoner, Everything In Its Right Place, How To Disappear Completely, Jigsaw Falling Into Place
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Videotape, Airbag, Bangers and Mash, Planet Telex, The Tourist
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Cymbal Rush, You And Whose Army?, Idioteque

Radiohead at Victoria Park: Wednesday 25th June (when I didn’t go)

Reckoner, 15 Step, There There, All I Need, Lucky, Nude, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Myxomatosis, National Anthem, Faust Arp, No Surprises, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Optimistic, Videotape, Everything In Its Right Place, Idioteque, Bodysnatchers
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House of Cards, The Bends, Bangers and Mash, My Iron Lung, Karma Police
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Go Slowly, 2+2=5, Paranoid Android

Tuesday was incredible, but is it right to feel annoyed at not going on the Wednesday?

I’d rather go into a gig with that element of surprise – not knowing what is going to be played in what order – but that does leave one open to disappointment at what has been missed out. Justified or not.

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Giving it away for free to earn your keep

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Brian at Copyblogger rhetorically asked if one could make a living from publishing white papers for free, mass consumption online. His answer was (of course) yes, and he made reference to a former colleague who makes $300,000 a year from doing so. As one would expect, his tips for success are freely available from here.

This business model is described as content marketing. Earlier this week, Joe of Junta 42 once again practiced as he preached by releasing an updated version of his 42 top Content Marketing blogs. A fantastic resource linking to some great blogs; the original release was how I heard about his blog. And since then I have become an avid subscriber (if not paying customer).

One blog currently not on there is Jonny Bentwood’s Technobabble2.0. He has just followed up his white paper on social media with an analysis of the quality of other analysts’ Twitter/microblogging usage. Go check it out.

So, is this the future of content creation? The free distribution online sets the brand up and creates buzz, and a (possibly supplementary) living can be earned from speaking engagements and corporate training sessions.

The basic content is therefore free, with the revenue coming from incremental business based around that – books (special editions) and face-to-face sessions (live events). Now where have I heard this before?

Since some critics argue that what works for Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails (the link takes you to their brand new free album – The Slip) doesn’t work for Joe Average, is this a model that all bloggers can aspire to?

My answer is yes; if the quality, the luck and the will to succeed are there. Like I hadn’t heard of Joe before someone linked to his blog, I hadn’t heard of Black Kids before I saw a Pitchfork article and a link to their free EP. And now they’re on Universal. Ticket sales and merchandising, rather than CD sales, is how they will be getting paid.

And as a final point, it is interesting to note that the material I linked to from Joe and Jonny takes publicly available knowledge, adds some special sauce, et voilá. An original, insightful piece of work. Remixing, in other words.

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