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  posted on 7/13/2013 at 01:20 PM
Ha, ha - Oh yes, the old days when there was some sort of feeling that they would not sell out to "the man."

I understand money and profit, so I get it, certainly. Matter of fact I don't see why more don't if there is serious money to be made.

Anyhow Gregg, Townshend, Bowie - those are just off the top of my head that I've heard lately.

How about the Stones ? They go down this road yet?

Please tell me Pink Floyd has not, Roger Waters does not seem like the type to cave in.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2013 at 02:21 PM
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Matter of fact I don't see why more don't if there is serious money to be made.


I agree with you 100% on that point. Artists need to see themselves as part of a business. The business will certainly stop at NOTHING to make money off of you; why shouldn't you be putting the money into your OWN pocket? There was SO much unrealistic idealism going on with musicians in the 60's/early 70's, and that's why so many of them got screwed. Never bothered to sit down with an attorney before signing something; hell, that might reduce my Flower Power.

 

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My favorite story about a rock band selling out to corporate interests, is when The Doors were approached by General Motors to use 'Light My Fire' as a jingle for the Buick Opel.

Jim Morrison was in London at the time and couldn't be reached by the other band members, who agreed to the $75,000 deal in his absence.

When Jim Morrison found out about the agreement (before the commercial was aired) he called General Motors and threatened to smash an Opel with a sledgehammer on television if the commercial was shown.



 

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  posted on 7/13/2013 at 04:09 PM
I hope he never proves me wrong but Neil Young has been very vocal about not "selling out" his music.

This Note's For You anyone?

God bless Neil Young

 

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  posted on 7/13/2013 at 09:39 PM
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I hope he never proves me wrong but Neil Young has been very vocal about not "selling out" his music.

This Note's For You anyone?

God bless Neil Young


Neil Young takes himself a little too seriously. He has no place to be calling out other artists for what they do and don't do with their talents.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2013 at 08:09 AM
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I hope he never proves me wrong but Neil Young has been very vocal about not "selling out" his music.

This Note's For You anyone?

God bless Neil Young


Neil Young takes himself a little too seriously. He has no place to be calling out other artists for what they do and don't do with their talents.



Sure. I respectfully concede your point there. And especilly if we are talking about the This Note's For You Video, seeing that two of the performers being parodied (Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston ) are tragically no longer with us...then yeah...in 2013 it does come off being more than a bit mean spirited and as I watched it this morning, more than a bit of a turn off.

But I do respect Neil's basic stance which seems to center on him attempting to stay on the "art" side of the art vs commerce argument where he seems to believe that rock music should be seen first and foremost as a means of artistic expression rather than as a way to possibly to be a star provided one "does what it takes".

I would agree that he does tend to come off as rigid in his beliefs and should not allude to or give specifc examples of other performers that do not adhere to his views.

Maybe he should remember the time honored Internet standard and include IMO after his quotes ...

IMO of course ...
















 

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  posted on 7/14/2013 at 09:46 AM
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Ha, ha - Oh yes, the old days when there was some sort of feeling that they would not sell out to "the man."

I understand money and profit, so I get it, certainly. Matter of fact I don't see why more don't if there is serious money to be made.

Anyhow Gregg, Townshend, Bowie - those are just off the top of my head that I've heard lately.

How about the Stones ? They go down this road yet?

Please tell me Pink Floyd has not, Roger Waters does not seem like the type to cave in.



I don't recall this but it was the first song I thought of so maybe I did hear this at some point. I had to look it up.

In 2003, "Start Me Up" became the first Rolling Stones song used in a car commercial when it was used in a campaign for Ford.

 

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