…the same few companies that command virtually every airwave on the radio and television also nominate artists for the Grammys, and then use the awards to increase specific artists’ sales. That’s not unreasonable, of course. Business is business. But, just as simply, music is music, and it shouldn’t be reduced for easy sales. More than ever, it’s obvious that the Grammy Awards could benefit from a pair—or a few hundred million pairs—of fresh eyes.
Central and Southern California…these regions are essentially arid and semi-arid desert—if it weren’t for the massive engineering and complex business deals to bring water from the Colorado River, Sierra Nevada, and everywhere else possible. Even then, as rich as California is, this model is not infinitely sustainable.
'Fighting drug abuse is serious business. Addiction kills more people than car accidents. A third of drug users are unemployed. With health-care costs, it amounts to a $180 billion-a-year sinkhole, and, since we’re tabulating, toss in the war Nixon declared on drugs in 1971, which has cost taxpayers another $1 trillion. The wreckage of life is incalculable—despair over seemingly unkickable habits, relapse rates that swell as high as 90 percent. Cocaine is especially insidious. It results in the most drug-related ER visits and has no substitute-drug helper, like methadone for heroin.'
Yes, ma’am. I used to read music books when I was 13. My mom was a librarian. I’d get my mom to check out any kind of books…about the music industry. I read a lot about royalties, publishing, marketing, stuff like that. The only biography I read was about Al Bell, of Stax Records. I wanted to follow in [his] footsteps…I’m an old G in the game, and want people to understand that and learn from it. I’ve been in the business 15 years, and I’m still hustling. I got enough money to retire, but I love music, so I keep doing it. I got an Oscar, but I would love to win a Grammy. I just got off the plane, I’m still intoxicated, but I’m doing an interview with you, and I’m making a lot of sense. If you’re in the music business you’ve got to be built for this. I sleep, dream music. That’s it.
Barrett Strong, who first recorded “Money” and…was originally listed as a writer of the song, says he has never seen a penny of those profits. Unbeknownst to Mr. Strong, who also helped write many other Motown hits, his name was removed from the copyright registration for “Money” three years after the song was written, restored in 1987 when the copyright was renewed, then removed again the next year—his name literally crossed out.