Someone recently asked me what rock band of the last quarter-century—formed after 1985—has been the most successful. (That eliminates U2 of course.) My immediate answer was 'Green Day'.
Some could make the case that Nirvana, despite their short seven-year lifespan, has been the most influential band—and has justifiably earned its title as 'the flagship band of Generation X'. But it's hard to argue with Green Day's twenty years of commercial success and the critical acclaim of its last two albums, American Idiot and Twenty-first Century Breakdown.
And now the punk trio has inspired a Broadway musical.
Income from record royalties, music publishing, live performances, and merchandising should keep the boys off food stamps for a while.
As someone who is clueless on exploiting social media, I was pleased to come across a book that uses rock & roll metaphors to educate folks on how to take advantage of LinkedIn, the social networking site for business.
The book is 'Rock the World With Your Online Presence: Your Ticket to a Multi-Platinum LinkedIn Profile' by Mike O'Neil and Lori Ruff. They may actually be able to decode LinkedIn (which I used to pronounce 'link-a-din') for us technomorons.
I hear China is opening its arms to Western rock & roll now. I'll believe it when David Bowie's 'Seven Years In Tibet' gets regular play. (Oops, I'll never get back into Shanghai now.)
Just got a tip that the debut issue of Bible & Gun magazine features a review of 'True Americans' by Sarah & the Death Panels. Not sure what style of music they play, but I'm guessing it's not Hip Hop or World Music.
Forty-five years ago this month, I played what I think was my first live band gig—with the immortal Fetal Pigs. Well, not quite immortal.
We had to change our name after the gig so we could keep working—an important business lesson for all you young bands out there.
Of course I was barely out of the crib then, but I was already recognizing the economic advantage of changing one's brand identity when necessary.