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Could 2009 Be Music's Year Of The Garage?


THE GARAGE (Hypebot) – John C Abell at Epicenter
resurrected the Rules Of The Garage a kind of 12 commandments of tech written by Bill Hewlett and David Packard that grounded the founding of Hewlett-Packard in their garage back in 1939 – to inspire tech startups battered by the economic downturn.

In reading them, I realized that the rules could just as easily be a call to arms for the music industry in all its forms whether a music tech startup, a label struggling to redefine itself or musicians in their parent's garage. Together, perhaps we could make 2009 the music industry's Year Of The Garage:

Rules Of The Garage:

  • Believe you can change the world.
  • Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
  • Know when to work alone and when to work together.
  • Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
  • No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage).
  • The customer defines a job well done.
  • Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
  • Invent different ways of working.
  • Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.
  • Believe that together we can do anything.
  • Invent.