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RE: (TV) Living on fresh air.............

no offense taken, ray.....& for what it's worth, i've been writing, singing
& playing in gigging/recording rock & roll band(s) for around a decade now.
i know firsthand it doesn't pay & now that i've been doing it for a while &
have had a chance to meet a few of the heroes of my "youth", who are also
often struggling, i've come to terms with the fact that worrying about $$$
is a step into misery so troublesome, you may as well just accept & embrace
yr awful 40 hour a week gig & give up on the "art".
the few people in music (& lit & film & painting, for that matter) that i
dig & are also making decent $$$ are more often than not, oldtimer "legends"
(reed, dylan, stones, dead, stewart, etc.) & even some of those older
legends ain't doing so hot (the aforementioned moby grape).
& do check out the grape stuff....their story is an archetype in how
capitalism can devour & destroy culture.
(not to mention ego-obsession, drugs & the unchecked libido....dionysus
doesn't seem to have a place in the business world).

Eric S. Gregory
IVR Assistant
(503) 321-8503

-----Original Message-----
From: ray [mailto:ray@wavewalker.freeserve.co.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 1:49 AM
To: tv@obbard.com
Subject: Re: (TV) Living on fresh air.............

Eric wrote:"no doubt it's a great thing to make a living off your "art" but
it ain't the important thing"....

Hey Eric,

Firstly apologies for isolating these words from the rest of your
post...truth be told i was highly intrigued by your comments on Moby Grape -
I've made a mental note to check out their 1st, you have certainly done a
passionate pr job on it.

I realise you're not opposed to artists making money per se.The point that i
was very badly trying to make is that surely for any artist it IS the
important thing to be able to make some kind of living off your "art".
I should have clarified my meaning better instead of firing off my rather
terse, initial response...

The "you can't eat credability sandwiches" comment comes from BP Fallon an
plugger/scenester and general wag who liked to remind the more
naive,idealistic and starry-eyed music fan that the reality of the world of
the musician is usually far from what they imagine...As someone who has been
on both sides of the fence I can testify that after a few years of being
involved in the most cynical business in the world your idealism and
romanticism usually take more than a bit of a battering...and i think that
is what Nick's experience suggested also.

Sorry for any confusion Eric.......

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