Musicians Wage War Against Evil Robots

It happens every time some new technology threatens to put people out of work: a public campaign to save jobs. One example was in the 1920s and '30s, when synchronized sound was added to movies, which meant that theaters no longer had to pay live musicians to accompany the films. The Music Defense League sprang into action, with a $500,000 advertising budget to rally the public against soundtracks recorded by just "300 musicians in Hollywood." Read about the battle against canned music in theaters at Paleofuture. Link

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