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Re: OT: why musicians can't eat -- and why radio is so bad

yeah...its unfortunate that the mass public so easily accept what is layed
out for them to listen to...just thought i would add that at least 70% of
the nationwide radio programming in most major cities is controlled and
operated by only 4 major corporations. that says a lot about who is makin
decisions about airplay and new music.

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Shindler <shindler@mediaone.net>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: OT: why musicians can't eat -- and why radio is so bad

> RE: OT: why musicians can't eat -- and why radio is so badCertainly a
> to be made here.  I brought a bag full of my CDs into the office last
> and one of the girls I work with took a look; it was mostly "outside"*
> like Eno, an Afro-Pop sampler, some Nusrat, Glenn Branca, etc.... and my
> coworker (whose musical tastes range from Dave Matthews to Ben Harper**)
> just noted that she didn't recognize any of them, and that was it.  No
> curiosity, no interest, nothing.
> And I realize now that most of my friends and acquaintances who aren't
> musicians still won't buy a CD unless they've heard a few songs from it 
> the radio.  I can't even imagine how limited my listening tastes would be
> I adhered to that rule.  So maybe most people don't Want to go looking;
> maybe they figure that if it's good, it'll end up on the radio, or on 
> or on the cover of Rolling Stone.
> Didn't John Zorn say something about this?  I read a quote wherein he
> expressed his exasperation that most people who own four recordings of 
> Brandenburg Concertos would sooner spend their money on a fifth recording
> before they'd take a chance by spending that same money on something
> unfamiliar to them.  Hmmm...
> Peter
> *- I meant "outside" compared to what she'd normally listen to on the
> I know that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Eno, and Branca are pop music compared
> some of what you guys would bring in to work!
> **-That said, there's nothing wrong with Dave Matthews or Ben Harper, or
> pop music for that matter.  I may be stoned to death by the rest of LD 
> admitting this, but I even appreciate what NSync and the Backstreet Boys
> And I still listen to the first Spice Girls album every now and then.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Liebig, Steuart A.
> To: 'Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com'
> Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 4:02 PM
> Subject: RE: OT: why musicians can't eat -- and why radio is so bad
> i was discussing this sort of thing last night with a friend. people have
> *want* to search out the "good stuff"  - - and i'm not convinced that
> anybody wants to search out anything unless it's the color of their next
> car.
> besides, maybe the are listening to the "good stuff" - - maybe we all 
> to get over ourselves. or maybe there have always been people who listen
> music as "entertainment" and those who listen to it as "art."
> stig
> others wrote:
> >I have faith that people can make their own choices.
> interesting comment, given that there're already **all** kindsa myriad
> avenues lined/caked/soaked w/'good' music (-that which is outside the
> 'mainstream'-) that folks do not seem inclined to 'seek out'.
> eh?
> to some degree:
> people chose milosevic. people chose hitler. people chose jim jones.
> chose, well..... you probably follow my line (via these rather extreme
> examples) by now.
> best,
> dt / s-c