Another book to consider on this thread is Greg Kot's "Ripped: How the Wired
Generation Revolutionized Music" ( which
discusses the changes in the music industry over the pastcouple of decades.
Kot is a music critic for the Chicago Tribune.  I've only finished the 1st
chapter, but he points out how the consolidation of the music labels and the
radio stations (Clear Channel) after deregulation have caused a corporate
apathy towards developing artists and more focus on selling product.  That
may not be new, but the attitude is different now. It affects what gets
released and it pushes for more of the same since that's what sells.
There's no patience any more for helping an artist find his voice - Greg
argues for instance that Bruce Springsteen would have been dropped under
today's mentality because his first 2 LPs were not hits.  It's not pretty!

On the other hand, Greg's weekly radio show Sound Opinions ( highlights what is RIGHT about
music, and he hosts a free online archive of complete past shows going back
to 2005.  I really enjoy his thoughts and have learned a lot about who's
doing what these days.


On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 11:35 PM, Roger Kulp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  In the last couple of days,I have seen a couple of people that only verify
> what this article is talking about.On Sunday,while at the flea
> market,where,for $15 each,I scored two nice early solid state Marantz
> tuners,that are going on eBay,I saw this kid who couldn't have been any more
> than ten,listening to Chubby Checker,on a Lloyd's transistor radio ,in a
> leather case,that must have been from the late 50s,or early 60s itself.
> Just like Gramma and Grampa did.
> Today,sitting across from me on the bus,were these two guys,who were
> obviously about seventeen.One had on one of those replica 1972 Rolling
> Stones tour t-shirts, the other a psychedelic day-glo one,with a marijuana
> leaf.They spent the whole time talking about "smokin' lids","trippin' on
> shrooms",and getting caught by "the man".All that was missing was the love
> beads,and the David Cassidy hair.
> Maybe there is some sort of rip in the timeline that we don't know about.
> Roger