Popular live-music commentator Clinton Walker mourns the closing of pub rock music venues in our cities and suburbs, outlines the history behinds this, defends the cultural vitality being lost and calls for a change to the policies and state and local council regulations that stand in the way of restoration. New research shows that the venue-based music industry has an annual output of $1.21 billion, creates 15,000 full-time jobs and draws audiences of over 41 million. Contemporary music is a legitimate and integral branch of arts and culture, he says, but one that has for too long suffered discrimination and contempt.
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