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 pleasure of meeting Joan Jett and her manager Kenny Laguna, back in 1983, when she was signed to MCA. They were terrific to work with because they were both real rock and roll warriors. They lived for the music, and still do today.
I e-mailed Kenny Laguna awhile back to catch up and I wanted to ask Joan a few questions for readers of the newsletter. Kenny said he'd get it done, and lo and behold, his e-mail came this week with Joan's answers to my questions.
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 ...
February 27, 2015The Stream Is Flowing, Downloads Are Down
"If streaming continues to grow at this rate in 2015, it would double to 50%, making streaming the dominant digital format over iTunes and other download services in one of the world's biggest markets," -- says independent music conglomerate PIAS OM ...
February 20, 2015Wake Up People, This Whole Net Neutrality Thing Is Not Good
"Net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies. "It's a battle between two fairly large companies. They worked it out, just like happens in business every day."" -- From 'Mark Cuban Says Net Neutrality Will 'Fuck Everything Up' Whoever ...
February 13, 2015The Grammys -- A Total Pass For Me
Not that most of you might actually care why I didn't watch the Grammys, I still thought I'd offer the following: The Top 10 Reasons I Didn't Watch The Grammys #10. "The Walking Dead" new season premier #9. Miley Cyrus had her clothes ON #8. Madonna dancing ...
February 6, 2015Vinyl Is A Fad?
"A lot of people that buy vinyl today don't realize that they're listening to CD masters on vinyl and that's because the record companies have figured out that people want vinyl. And they're only making CD masters in digital, so all the new products that come out on ...
January 30, 2015The Grammys ... What Do They Mean In 2015?
"I have a love-hate relationship with the Grammys because I don't see the music world as a competitive sport." -- James Taylor Like all industry awards shows (The Oscars, Tonys, etc.), The Grammys seek to reward "the best" in each category -- ...
January 23, 2015So, This Whole Internet Thing Is Temporal?
"I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear," -- Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of the Internet as we know it. Well, you may or may not agree with Mr. Schmidt's prediction, but his comments, ...
January 9, 2015It's 2015: Let's Look At Some Predictions
"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." -- Yogi Berra Well, Yogi summed it up in the above quote, but that hasn't stopped anybody from looking ahead and making their best predictions for the coming years. As funny as ...