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The "business of art"?

Posted by in General on June 20, 2014 . 0 Comments.

I don't know anything about "Big Business", but Bain Capital's colossal failure with Guitar Center should come as no surprise. The music instrument business has seen this before. In 1965 Fender was taken over by CBS, and they nearly killed Leo's dream. In 1969 Gibson was taken over by a South American brewing conglomerate. Gibson was within three months of going bankrupt when Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman, and Gary Zebrowski rescued them in January 1986.

I'm not saying that the TV and Beer businesses aren't complex. But as musicians, we are artists first. As such, we retain the inalienable right to be finicky, contrarian, prone to snobbishness and very, very demanding.

The "business of art" is an inherently contradictory phrase. Those who would like to jump into the pool are well advised to check the water temperature before diving in.

Last update: June 20, 2014


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