Author of Business Basics for Musicians, Bobby Borg, has teamed up with Music Insider Magazine as a guest author on their page! You can’t avoid getting older, that’s what author Bobby Borg wants you to know, but there are some ways to deal with the age discrimination that may occur in the music business. Read below to see what more Bobby Borg had to say!
Although age can be a sensitive subject for most musicians, you must accept that there’s a general prejudice against aging in the commercial music industry. Generally speaking, the industry views music as a youth-oriented business. While this might totally infuriate you, be sure that age discrimination can be overcome by reading these five tips.
1. Understand the Rationale: The idea is that a musician’s life expectancy in the pop, rock, R&B, and rap genres parallels that of an athlete’s career span in the sports world. As you approach the age of thirty-five, your chances of succeeding have significantly diminished.
While this is somewhat paradoxical, since musicians’ skills tend only to improve with age and experience, understand that most larger record companies rely heavily on youth, vitality, and sex appeal to sell music. They also prefer signing younger acts that, if successful, can bring them a return on their initial investment for several years to come. Be clear that these companies are businesses just like any other, and bottom line profits comes first and foremost.
Read the entire article HERE.
Andy Babiuk, author of Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition, spoke with Music Radar about his book and how he came about certain instruments.
The original Beatles Gear book was published back in 2001 and, over the past decade-and-a-half, it’s become the go-to bible for anyone with an interest in the extensive equipment the Fab Four dabbled with during their incredible albeit brief career.
The new expanded Ultimate Edition, which has recently hit the shops, provides fascinating new interviews, 650 new and previously unpublished photos and a slew of surprising recent gear-related discoveries that author Andy Babiuk has helped uncover.
One astounding addition to Beatles Gear is the inclusion of John Lennon’s original 1962 Gibson J-160E acoustic, which had been lost for over 50 years. This was the guitar that Lennon wrote many of The Beatles’ early hits on before it was stolen in December 1963 at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London.
“This one happened last summer when a guy contacted me on the phone,” explains Andy, “I get a lot of people calling and emailing with stuff but 99% of the time, it’s nothing or just nonsense.
“Anyway, this guy said, ‘My friend’s got John Lennon’s J-160E’. So I was like, ‘Hey, right, okay… well, send me the picture’ and sure enough, he sends the picture and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’ve got to talk to this guy!’
“The grain looked similar. It belonged to some guy in San Diego who bought it for 175 bucks after he got out of Vietnam in ’69 or something. It was just his personal guitar ever since. When I examined it personally, the grain was an exact match: it was John Lennon’s J-160E.
“No-one knows how it made it out of England and made it to Southern California but that’s just one of the wacky stories that are in this book.” [NB. Since we chatted to Andy, the guitar sold for a staggering $2.4 million at auction.]
Read the entire article over Music Radar!
As you may have heard, today marks the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! It’s been a busy month for Star Wars FAQ author, Mark Clark, and in this interview, he sits down with Barbara Vancheri of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette to talk about the first time he saw Star Wars and how it changed his life. Read below to learn more!
As an 11-year-old, Mark Clark was a precocious reader with a taste for serious sci-fi by Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein.
His Uncle Marty had introduced him to those authors along with movies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Forbidden Planet.” So when “Star Wars” came along, Mark passed on what he heard was a space fantasy, just not his thing.
At the end of summer 1977, Mark and his Louisville, Ky., family visited his uncle in Zanesville, Ohio. When he learned Mark had not seen “Star Wars” — in theaters for three months by then — “he looked at me like I just sprouted antlers or something.”
The next day, Uncle Marty remedied that lapse.
“So, I went and sat there for two hours with my mouth hanging open, just completely blown away by it, and my life has not really been quite the same since then in a lot of ways,” said Mr. Clark, author of “Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies” (Applause Books, $24.99). “It was a very overwhelming, almost, experience to see it at that age, at that time and that moment.”
When he returned to Louisville, he caught it four more times, collected the toys, joined the Official Star Wars Fan Club for $5 and sat cross-legged in front of his parents’ console TV for the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special.” He saw the next two movies along with the special editions on their opening days and adds, “for better or worse, I saw the prequel movies, too.”
“Star Wars” led him to the Akira Kurosawa films creator George Lucas cited as inspiration. That fueled a fascination with foreign films and cinema and even rekindled a spiritual curiosity.
Today, Mr. Clark is 49 years old, married to an Episcopal priest named Vanessa, the father of two, and one of countless Earthlings planning to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“Star Wars,” which sent ripples or outright waves into the worlds of production, moviegoing, marketing, merchandising, pop culture, toys, games, theme parks and fashion (for starters), was the right movie for its time.
To continue reading at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website HERE