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The death of geography? Not so fast...


Rock & roll, we know, is a hybrid of several musical traditions (blues, gospel, country, etc.) that have rural roots going back to Europe and Africa. But the synthesis of these styles into a new musical shape occurred in American cities, in places like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and New York.

By the mid-20th century, many of the best musicians in their traditional fields had flocked to these cities for the same reason other creative people had. That’s where the action was. That’s where their peers were working, hanging out, exchanging ideas with each other. (That's why I slept a few nights at NYC's Tompkins Square Park in the 60s.) In these urban melting pots a cultural and aesthetic innovation was born: rock & roll! Like so much of art, culture, and commerce, rock owes its very existence to CITIES.


Rock & roll teams

The hero myth, the notion that great accomplishments are achieved by superstar geniuses working alone, is an alluring but dangerous fantasy in business. Look no further than rock & roll to slay that chimera.

In the world of rock—as in mainstream business—it’s the TEAM that gets things done.


The John Lennon vote

I know I’m not the only person who asks from time to time, “WWJD?” Now with a US presidential election less than a week away—and with so much at stake—I ask myself again, “What would John (Lennon) do?"

A political provocateur in his day, Lennon was finally granted US residency a few years before he died and could have achieved full citizenship—including the right to vote—had he lived. How he would have subsequently voted in the presidential elections is anyone’s opinion. But I gave mine four years, in a lengthy and controversial post.

THIS time around I’m not so sure. Here’s why…


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