BUMPING INTO GENIUSES
"I can't be objective about the music business. I know it hurt a lot of people; artists were often lied to, royalties weren't always paid, bad people sometimes got promoted while good ones were fired. Drugs, misogyny, and death stalked rock and roll. A lot of shlock was produced. A lot of pretense masked shallow, materialistic quests for fame and money. It's not like I don't know these things and it's not that I mind writing about them. It's just that the part of the music business I know best, the rock and roll business, also produced and popularized a lot of music that I love. And it gave me and a lot of my friends a place in the world."
Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside The Rock and Roll Business is the new book by Danny Goldberg.
I bumped into Danny yesterday morning during a visit to 101.9 WRXP in NY. REAL rock radio is back on the dial and on the internetsss. Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram host the morning show at RXP and showed their true colors by inviting guests including Danny Goldberg, Patrick Wilson from Weezer, and Ray LaMontagne.
BAD times are always GOOD for Rock & Roll. Maybe the new, great depression opens the door for earth-skakin' new sounds.
Yesterday reinforced the power of the music to bring songfilled souls together. And Danny Goldberg inspired me to go buy his book.