Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Releases 18 Tracks on SoundCloud

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John Frusciante, previously reluctant to release the products of his forays into acid house, has apparently had a change of heart -- he just put a large collection of music on SoundCloud and Bandcamp, all for free.

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The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist unexpectedly released 18 tracks yesterday, along with a long letter explaining why he decided to share his music now. "Giving people music for free online being so common these days is a good reminder that artistic expression is always a matter of giving, not taking, or selling." he writes. "Selling is the making money part, and artistic expression, creation, is the giving part. They are distinct from one another, and it is my conviction that music should always be made because one loves music, regardless of whether one plans on selling it or not."

Listen to some of his new music below:


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