- San Francisco, California - The independent recording artist Monk Turner has earned a reputation as a leader in the free music movement and as the Galactic Defender of the Concept Album. His latest album, a joint project with Fascinoma titled Emergency Songs, has been downloaded thousands of times and has received dozens of positive reviews, including my own on Sour Grapes Winery. I had a chance to sit down with Turner over Skype and learn about the experiences that brought him to his current level of popularity and success as an independent artist as well as his involvement in the Creative Commons project and his views concerning music in today’s society.
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