Posts Tagged ‘Berry Gordy Jr’

By Hans Ebert No one said it would be easy. But no one also warned that it would be so damn tough to make it in music. Of course, it wasn’t always like this. But there’s always hope. It’s about finding it that’s what is inspiring and keeps one from falling off the edge or [...]

By Hans Ebert A friend recently asked who is the best music company executive. The “best” in any industry is tough to name these days as so much is hidden from view with smoke and mirrors creating illusions (and delusion) of success, whereas in the music industry, the impression, rightly or wrongly, is that it’s [...]

By Hans Ebert “There’s something happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Jones?” Dylan sang those lines years ago without realising just how many “Mister Joneses” have been given a free pass to run free in so many industries. Look at what has been allowed to happen in the theatre of [...]

By Hans Ebert There’s been a great deal of chatter recently about this term known as “A&R” (Artists and Repertoire), its importance, especially to a major music company, and the rise and influence of the A&R person, who, in many ways, has become the Rock Star executive within the often dated structure of a music [...]

  It’s been swift in more ways than one- the rise and rise of fabulously popular and successful singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, 25, who’s gone from being almost a serial “dumpee” whose queue of short-lived romances have led to a series of Big Hurt songs, to now being hailed as something like the Joan Of Arc [...]

They called it “The Sound of Young America”, or “The Sound of Detroit”, but when Berry Gordy Jr, below, unleashed this incredible new sound in the early Sixties on his Tamla-Motown label, it was confusing to many of us who were busy trying to look like our Beat Boom musical heroes. Let’s face it, there [...]

(Source: Deviant Art) They probably didn’t realize they were, but the Beatles were very creative marketers. Most of us probably didn’t understand it at the time either as it was always all about the music and the Fab Four wearing white hats, constantly riding into coming our lives and making it just that bit better- [...]

One of the key problems we face today is that everyone thinks they can do anything and that everyone is an expert on something. Or everything. Just like the speed in which we communicate through a new “abbreviated language” , instant “experts” have become the norm and are accepted. It often reminds me of that [...]

Michelle forwarded me this article- very well-written, on the one hand making sense, on the other, contradicting itself and, to me,  just too much of The Blame Game and with way too much of the usual hand-wringing. Don’t get me wrong: It’s a worthwhile read just to perhaps see where and how it has- and [...]