Is YouTube the New MTV?

One of the things I like the most about YouTube is the number of old music videos you come across there. PAgent turned me onto YouTube as a music video archive via his music video series. When I came across a live video by one of the best concert bands ever, I was hooked.

There’s even one music video of the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons.

A long, long time ago, when the M in MTV actually mattered, I enjoyed music videos. And I’d love to be able to see some of those videos now.

It seems help may be on the horizon. Ars Technica reports that YouTube has a plan, get this, “to have every music video ever created up on YouTube.” That’s straight from the mouth of YouTube co-founder Steve Chen.

And it gets even better. The record label cartel is apparently at least somewhat interested in cooperating with YouTube. While the cartel’s involvement may ultimately lead to death by greed, the fact that it hasn’t sued YouTube and all its dead ancestors is encouraging. As is the cartel’s unusually relaxed response to the horde of YouTube lip-sinkers.

I’d sure love to have an archive of music videos.

To whet your appetite, here are a few gems available on YouTube.

The Byrds – Chestnut Mare
Leon Russell- Stranger In A Strange Land
Townes Van Zandt & Nanci Griffith – Tecumseh Valley
Son Volt – Drown