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Dave Allen
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Lives in Portland, Oregon
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Director, Artist & Music Industry Advocacy, Beats Music
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  • Beats Music
    Director, Artist & Music Industry Advocacy, 2014 - present
  • North, Inc
    Director, Interactive Strategy, 2009 - 2014
  • University of Oregon
    Adjunct Lecturer, 2010 - 2012
  • Intel Corporation
    Director, Business Development, 1999 - 2002
  • eMusic.com
    General Manager, 1997 - 1999
  • Nemo Design
    Director, Insights & Digital Media, 2004 - 2009
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Music, tech, digital strategist, user behavior, writer
Introduction
I am Director, Artist & Music Industry Advocacy at Beats Music, the streaming music service.
I have been interested in how people use the web since 1993. 
Adjunct Lecturer leading Digital Strategy classes at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Visiting Lecturer, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon.







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Founding member of Gang of Four
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Portland, Oregon
Previously
Kendal, England - Los Angeles, CA - Leeds, England - London, England - Paris, France

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Some thoughts on music journalism and culture reporting, or lack thereof in local newspapers
How local newspapers tend to go for click-bait over quality journalism, especially when it comes to cultural reporting... Post by Dave Allen.
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A reminder for my friends in Chicago that me and Hugo Burnham will join Kevin Dettmar the author of the 33 1/3rd book, Entertainment! by Gang of Four, at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore this Friday evening http://www.semcoop.com/event/kevin-dettmar
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It is entirely possible that  musicians can continue to be successful and make a living in a digital economy...
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My response to David Byrne's critique of Spotify and streaming music service
A rebuttal to David Byrne and his stance on Spotify Read More →
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From the consumer side, I can confirm that Spotify means that I spend more money on music now than before.  I also listen to more... both things that must help the artist even if only indirectly.  
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Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker interviews me,  Damon Krukowski of Damon & Naomi, Galaxie 500 and Jace Clayton aka DJ Rupture on how musicians survive these days in the age of the Internet and specifically, streaming music services.
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For some time I've been horrified over the slack thinking around the buzzword 'Big Data,' and by that I mean there has always been access to large amounts of data. It's no longer about how to collect it, it's about how to parse the information you've gathered, based on your strategic goals and what data points you were searching for.

Anyway that's what fueled my latest post.
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My band Gang of Four gets a 33 1/3 book written by Professor Kevin Dettmar: Entertainment! thanks to @333books
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A visit to Chicago this weekend included a book talk re Gang of Four's Entertainment! album with Kevin Dettmar and G4 drummer Hugo Burnham. A visit with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and hanging out with various Mekons...
Image: Cloudgate aka The Bean, Chicago by Roy Christopher <http://roychristopher.com>
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Entertainment! 35th anniversary this year... 
Today CITC begins the third day of its week-long celebration of the 35th anniversary of Gang of Four’s seminal Entertainment! LP, which came out in 1979. Founding-member Dave Allen played bass on the record – to say the least. It’s better to say that Allen’s funky and buoyant playing drew listeners into each and every song on the record, making them accessible and compelling. Who would have thought to combine funk and punk? Allen and Gang of Four...
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Michael, I now have a mental image of Wallace Stevens funking out in the office of his insurance company, bouncing around in his gray three-piece suit.
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Thoughts about musicians and the Internet redux, prior to my panel @tfnw TechFestNW
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Looking forward to this!
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A small twinge of vindication for writing back in 2008 how Facebook Likes were not engaging. New Internet study is suspicious of crowdsourcing, Likes and the herd. So, Please Like My Article Because Your Friends Will Too.

http://north.com/thinking/please-like-this-article-because-your-friends-will-too/
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Musicians, Spotify, systems and the marketplace. Art vs capitalism in other words..
Dear musicians, everything is up to you, all of the time Read More →
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