FROM THE PLASTIC HALLWAY

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.” -Hunter S. Thompson

May 31, 2016

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama

A musician friend recently confided in me that he felt trapped in his situation – he has a solid gig, but not one that is meeting his needs financially. He is also feeling disrespected and...

May 4, 2016

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity." ~Albert Einstein

 

Way back in 2003, I lost myself to the grid. How? It all happened on the day that I purchased a Blackberry.

 

It was an early model – one that pre-dated the vaunted track ball. My Blackberry was only slightly smaller than my shoe, and I wore it like a...

April 12, 2016

 

 

"The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard.” ~ Bill Gates

 

 

A brief public service announcement – SnapChat i...

April 4, 2016

 

 

"I love the early process of asking questions about a story and deciding which questions matter most.” ~ Diane Sawyer

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Valerie Peterson – Contestant Manager, The Voice 

http://thevoice.com 

 

What inspires you?

 

VP: A delicious meal with good wine and great company. 

 

Where do you discover new music? 

 

VP: Everywhere! Mostly thanks...

March 15, 2016

"They say it's better to bury your sadness in a graveyard or garden that waits for the spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green.” ~Conor Oberst

 

Spring is in the air – birds are singing, the snow has long-since melted, and the natural world is in a beautiful state of renewal in this hemisphere. Spring is a time for fresh starts, new beginn...

February 22, 2016

“Confidence is very sexy, don’t you think?” ~ Jack Palance 

 

Picture it – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in February. An empty Pabst Blue Ribbon blows like tumbleweed through a hotel parking lot, dragging its lonely existence around like decades of fading industry…

 

That was the backdrop this weekend at the Millennium Music Conference, where I had the plea...

February 16, 2016

“Shit happens” ~ Adele

 

In watching the Grammy broadcast last night, I felt generally inspired, excited to be working in today’s music business.

 

The performances felt vibrant and, generally speaking, young.  My personal favorite was Alabama Shakes – the performance felt very rock ’n roll and raw to me.  I believe in Brittany Howard, her vocal talent...

January 25, 2016

"I love doing what I do. I love asking questions. I love being in the mix.” ~ Larry King

 

My intention in starting "From the Plastic Hallway” was to shine a brighter light on the daily conversations taking place about the music business in this exciting and transitional time.  

 

Why aren’t people buying music anymore? Why aren’t the tickets selling?...

January 15, 2016

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” ~ Andy Warhol 

 

The fact that anyone ever does anything online but watch porn, is a small miracle in and of itself.  There is so much porn, so much glorious porn, online, that one would need nine lives and the many arms of Vishnu to consume it all.  Even if you somehow manage to watch Al...

January 8, 2016

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” ~ Malcolm X

 

It’s been interesting to read predictions and speculations as to where the music business may be headed in the coming year.  Honestly, no one fucking knows, but that’s not as compelling as catch-phrase-barfs like “we can expect a proliferation of services meant to enhance user’s st...

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