Great read, highlighting the immense chasm between pure music (whatever style) and the music industry. I love this line from the article:
"Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won't, because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it."
Music will not and cannot die. The ability for a person to earn a living with pure music it's what's failing. Unfortunately, the majority of the masses don't play musical instruments, so the lyrics, showmanship, and imagery are more important to them, i.e., pop music. In this modern era, I doubt that musicians who didn't devote themselves to "stoking the star-maker machinery" (Joni Mitchell) would have become successful.
Welcome to the machine! (Pink Floyd, 1975)