Monday, September 12, 2005

HMV: You Have to Draw the Line Somewhere

Here's some news from Apparently, Bob Dylan and Columbia Records have hurt the feelings of HMV Canada:

HMV Canada has removed all Bob Dylan products from its shelves in retaliation for a North American retail exclusivity deal given to the Starbucks coffee chain for Dylan's Columbia album "Live at the Gaslight 1962."

The action is similar to previous removals by the 108-store chain of product by the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Alanis Morissette over exclusivity deals with other retailers.

"This is no different from our position with the Stones, Elton and Alanis," HMV Canada president Humphrey Kadaner tells "Our research says the large majority of our consumers support this action."
I wonder if their consumers support the destruction of the independent record store by large corporations run by guys with funny-sounding names? And I wonder if their customers support the destruction of the independent book shop?

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