The Roth Journals

London's Burning and opportunity

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We all must look on the bright side and see the opportunities provided by this manufactured disaster.
Take for example the loss of the Sony warehouse. They may have lost their warehouse, but they are going to do something nice for the victim of that infamous mugging.

Sony has pledged to replace a PSP stolen from a mugging victim during the London riots.
Malaysian student Ashraf Haziq had his jaw broken when rioters stole his bike.

Whilst lying in a bloody heap on the floor in Barking, East London, a camera operator caught him being helped on to his feet by a seemingly well-intention group, who then proceeded to break into his backpack and loot the contents. A representative said: "If we can find out how to get it to him we'll replace the PSP."

This is truly generous considering Sony will be having pony up contracts, right off the bat before insurance pays them to cover their cost.

Nevertheless, even beyond the litigation, which will ensue from their warehouse being burnt down with business expecting orders and livelihoods effected by their inability to live up to contracts, is the opportunity. The opportunity for businesses to step in and fill the void left behind by Sony’s eggs smashing. This is not a big loss for Sony. Sony is a big company. It is an opportunity for independent labels to become even more independent, striving, and distinctive with stronger roots in the music we all love.

Smoke continues to rise from a Sony Warehouse, which was destroyed by arsonists in Enfield in north London August 9, 2011 - Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

One hapless soul, Sean Michaels, still seemed to be in shock when he wrote, “ The problem is this: without the distributors delivering CDs to retailers, how will anyone buy them?”

Well, Sean the fun is just beginning. You put them in a properly posted box and send them on the way, but you must do the magic Bückstabü dance.

Anyway, though the children played with matches and burned down much of the house. The opportunities arise, if not blooms from the freshened ground.

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) announced an emergency meeting, to take place on December 4, so that labels could receive more information and support. "We will do everything we can to help the labels to minimize their exposure and manage all necessary legal and financial matters as quickly and as cost effectively as possible," AIM CEO Alison Wenham said in a statement.

The AIM addresses and phone number is on their website,

Give them a call. See what you can do to foster new growth.

In addition, AIM has a link page full of helpful and savvy links.

As well, PAIS has a grand opportunity as it was pointed out, (unless they are actually a shell company of Sony) “The news broke through Twitter that the “[PIAS] warehouse had burnt out”. It is extremely important for everyone to understand that [PIAS] has no warehouse as such in the UK and that [PIAS] sub-contracts its physical distribution with SONY DADC in Enfield and it is their warehouse which unfortunately went down in flames.”

Perhaps, PIAS will no longer have to suckle the monopoly teat of Sony. PAIS has however, set a fund to assist artist already affected. Let us do more. Let us take to work and help rebuild a new platform.

Sony will arrange their losses quickly, because speculative lawyers will undoubtedly be willing to speculate. So though the fires did create great damage and terrible sorrow as fires often can. It also, created new ground for tender saplings to get their chance at light and rain. Godsped to all.

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