A Bit Of Contemplation On This Saturday….
It may seem like I’m obsessed with Joe Walsh lately but, not really the case. I’m actually interested in how the PR for a geezer’s new release is getting done in this music world of rapid constant change. While, at the same time, it feels like nothing is really happening.
REVISION: See, the thing is, they aren’t album releases anymore, they are PR campaigns. PR campaigns aren’t new. What is different now is, the PR campaign is executed by the Label, Management and the PUBLISHER instead of just the label. What’s becoming clear is, of the dwindling available revenue streams, the publishing is more the primary one. There is a comparatively old school type Nashville publishing company involved in Walsh’s record and this particular PR campaign has a new world Nashville feel to it. Which, is kind of intriguing because Joe is joined at the hip with Irving Azoff who, as I’ve said before, is the Edward Bernays of rock and roll. Kind of weird to see the good old boy network, cats that you would actually be able to sit and have a cup of coffee with, sharing the wheel with the powers behind the curtain.
I was having coffee this morning, looked at YouTube and they recommended this Howard Stern/Joe Walsh interview from a few weeks ago.
There is a spot where Howard asks Joe if rock and roll is dead and Joe says something along the lines of…
“Yeah, rock is dead…country is number 1 now”…
…which, echoes the sentiments of a lot of people I talk to.
It occurs to me that these “genres” or styles often get pronounced dead after periods of big-time mainstream pervasiveness. And, it seems, in retrospect, after seeing these entities all die and resurrect several time during my listening life, they also “die” not long after they have become obvious parodies of what they are intended to be.
I think I could say that about rock and roll, country, blues jazz, hip hop…most any of ‘em.
So, I’m pretty sure there’s still something coming down the chute.
For me, I’m going to take it a gig at a time…and down that road I go.