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Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2014

I don’t go anymore. I stopped going about the time it went from being a special and fun industry invent, into a television event. It was a formal affair. Which was half of the fun, because it seemed like an inside joke. All these guys, myself included who made their living in the trenches of … Continue reading

Don’t Hold Onto Your Dreams Too Long

Some would say the internet has been a huge boost for musicians. It enables young artists to expose music to the masses and find their fan base. I contend that it gives thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of musicians a false sense of their talent. It allows people that otherwise would have found lucrative careers, … Continue reading

Sports Explode as the Music Industry Fizzles

I heard today that tickets for the World Series games at Fenway Park are going for an average of $2100.  That is not even the best seats!!! Most of these seats go to businesses or individuals who can write this expense off. Front row Rolling Stone tickets were going for $10,000 a clip on their … Continue reading

Rock Stars are Like Herpes…They Never Go Away

We are in the midst of a unique time in music history. The songwriters, musicians, performers and icons that we grew up with are still performing and relevant 50 years later. This has never occurred before. We have  had the ability to see our heroes age right before our eyes, for better or for worse. … Continue reading

New Music…What is it Good For?

There was a time when new music made the record industry go ’round. Potentially labels would make more money from a young artist that they “broke” than from established artists on their roster. These acts would get signed relatively cheaply. They were usually tied up for two or three albums with lower recording budgets, smaller … Continue reading

The Music Business vs the Real World

I was having a quick lunch today in a local restaurant and I overheard the conversation at a local table. It was obviously a boss and three of his employees. There was nothing about work and everything else was very mundane and superficial. What dawned on me how different their professional lives were from mine. … Continue reading

Going, Going, Gone (The Death of the Album)

It has been forecast for years, but this year may mark the demise of the CD. So those of you who, like me, who have hundreds or thousands of CDs around the house, the question remains…what do you do with all these? It is really no surprise, but industry execs and other analysts have been … Continue reading

Newport Folk Festival 2013

Newport, Rhode Island is known as a sanctuary for the uber wealthy,  the site where the America’s Cup races began and music. In a musical  context it is probably best known as the place where Bob Dylan changed the face of music, by plugging in his guitar. At the time he was booed. Pete Seeger … Continue reading

Do We Need Record Labels?

The short answer is absolutely not.  10 or 15 years ago, labels were comprised of creative, imaginative people, with a great deal of money at their disposal and the knowledge and vision as to how to best utilize both. Almost all those people are gone.  They have been replaced  by people that are desperate to … Continue reading

Sonos Play Bar and Random thoughts

As I have stated before, I always have either the TV or music on.  I hardly ever listen to music on terrestrial radio.  When I do  listen to the radio I am almost always listening to Sportstalk radio, usually WFAN.  I do listen to Sirius, but usually only in my car.  Huey Lewis once said, … Continue reading