Napster. It was like a drug and everybody was doing it. Before there was YouTube or Facebook, hours were spent in front of the computer downloading music freely over this new beast called the Internet. Was it legal? There were no laws that said it wasn't, and thus music libraries quadrupled themselves overnight. It was like sweet, beautiful magic.
'Downloaded,' a documentary directed by Alex Winter aka Bill S. Preston, Esq. from 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures,' goes back to the turn of the Millennium and explores how one guy's idea took down the music industry. With interviews from Napster developer Shawn Fanning and co-founder Sean Parker to the Beastie Boys' Mike D, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan the film explores the rise and fall of a company that rocked the world…literally.
Produced by VH1 Rock Docs, 'Downloaded' hits the Internet on Thursday (Sept. 12.) The 100-minute film will premiere on VIBE.com via AOL’s video platform AOL On so stay tuned and watch the trailer above.