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Radiohead's Peers Sound Off on 'In Rainbows'

Lily Allen, Will.i.am, more comment on the game-changing plan

Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Larry Marano/Getty Images
November 1, 2007

Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam
"I think it's cool. It shows Radiohead to be bold and also irreverent. They aren't even worried about selling records since they're such a [touring] force. If they're successful, I have no problem following their lead."

Lily Allen
"It's arrogant for them to give their music away for free – they've got millions of pounds. It sends a weird message to younger bands who haven't done as well. You don't choose how much to pay for eggs. Why should it be different for music?"

Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas
"The music industry is the Titanic. Meanwhile, Radiohead has a speedboat – they're doing little fuckin' tricks and jumping off ramps just because they can do that."

Mike Mills, R.E.M.
"My faith in human nature is not such that I would leave it up to the consumer to decide how much to pay for music. At the same time, I enjoy watching Radiohead take that chance. I wish them the best of luck."

This story is from the November 1st, 2007 issue of Rolling Stone.


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