July 7, 2015The Cover Of Rolling Stone Ain't What It Used To Be
"When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, I short, a people becomes an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility."
-- Neil Postman, from 'Life The Movie'
I have that quote at the bottom of every issue of the newsletter, but this week had to put it on top again.
If there was ever any doubt that Rolling Stone sold out years ago, putting Kim Kardashian the cover says it all.
Rolling Stone, like MTV, was once about MUSIC. It gave most of that up when it realized there was more as revenue available in the broader pop-culture landscape.
June 15, 2015Apple Jumps In The Stream
Unless you were too busy checking out Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner's Vanity Fair cover article, or finding out what sex Kim and Kanye's next baby will be, then you might have seen or heard that Apple finally announced their launch of their streaming music service this ...
From The Center For Media Research comes the above titled article in their newsletter. Yet more confirmation on the slow death of traditional TV. Here's the content: "According to the recently released Deloitte "Digital Democracy Survey," streaming video ...
May 1, 2015The Man Who Broke The Music Business
My thanks to reader Tom Cartwright who sent me the above article from The New Yorker magazine by Stephen Witt. It's certainly an eye-opening article, and with all my years in the industry, I had never heard or read anything about this. The article is sub-titled 'The ...
April 24, 2015Maybe 'Tidal' Wasn't The Right Name?
"The for-pay services are deluding themselves by trying to establish a permanent monetization of something that's in flux," -- Steve Albini said during an interview with Vulture. "The Internet provides access to materials and things. Creating these ...
April 10, 2015Music Subscribers Drop
"The RIAA in its midyear report had paid subscribers at 7.8 million, but by the time we got to the end of the year, it was only 7.7, a loss of 100k subs. So what gives?" -- Last year was a banner year for music subscription in the U.S. The RIAA ...
March 27, 2015When It Was Fun
"And the most amazing thing is I get paid for doing this." -- Steve Martin Several years ago, old friend and ex-EVP/Promotion (and more) at Columbia Records Bob Sherwood sent me an e-mail telling me that upon a visit back to the "Black Rock" ...
March 20, 2015A Chat With Joan Jett
One of the best parts of all my years in promotion for Capitol Records and MCA Records, was getting to meet some truly great artists and some equally great managers. I'm still friends with many of them today, and I try to see them when they pass through town. I had the ...
March 13, 2015SXSW: Music Via Mobile & Video
"Music, tech, film, and barbecue are among the reasons that fans descend on Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest festival, pouring more than $300 million into the city's economy -- and there is an opportunity for brands to let them take the music and ...
March 6, 2015Bob Dylan's 'Shadows Of The Night'
"Look, when I started out, mainstream culture was Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Sound of Music. There was no fitting into it then and of course, there's no fitting into it now." -- Bob Dylan Hey, have you heard? Bob Dylan's new album ...