One More Light: Living Without Chester Bennington

One of the most eloquent and heartfelt posts I’ve read about Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, from the blog Saint Audio.

Saint Audio

Content Warning: sexual assault, suicide, death

One week has passed since news of Chester Bennington‘s untimely death sent shockwaves through the internet, devastating fans all over the world. I’d say that what’s stunned us most is the manner in which he left this world—all too familiar, but never expected, and always jarring.  As Linkin Park‘s frontman since 1996, Chester’s voice became a voice for many who may not have been able to express or convey their own inner turmoil through words, or who felt too ashamed to do so.

I first learned of Chester’s suicide via Twitter, and instantly panicked. I cried for a good hour, then on-and-off throughout the rest of the day. And a few times more this week. I initially didn’t realize how many people felt the same way I did—I almost felt embarrassed over how upset I was, how hard it was hitting…

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100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

I’m sharing this article from Rolling Stone, published in December 2015, on the 100 greatest guitarists. They assembled a panel of top guitarists and other music experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else.  Check it out.
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-20111123

Annoying Rock Star Behaviors

Many of us have been to concerts where the artist or band finally appeared on stage after keeping fans waiting a ridiculously long time, or played only new material, completely ignoring the old songs we love, or grossly overcharged for tickets, and so on. Thought I’d share this entertaining article by Andy Greene, entitled “The 10 Most Annoying Rock Star Behaviors,” that appeared in a 2013 issue of Rolling Stone.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-10-most-annoying-rock-star-behaviors-20130604

On-Demand Music Content May Actually Save the U.S. Recording Industry

An article featured on the website Music Think Tank discusses how online music streaming is actually resulting in increased revenue to the recording industry in the U.S. in recent years.  More consumers are now embracing online streaming, while physical sales of recorded music continue to sharply decline. Interestingly, sales of vinyl albums have increased significantly in recent years as vinyl has enjoyed a resurgence, however, it represents a tiny fraction of all music sales.

Click here to read the full article:  http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/on-demand-music-content-now-stands-at-the-center-of-us-recor.html

The Uneasy Truth: Financials of Local Bands

This is an excellent, insightful article by Nicholas Schneider, a writer and drummer for several San Francisco Bay Area bands, about the challenges of making a living in today’s music industry. Producing quality music people want to listen to is challenging enough, but actually earning enough money from one’s music in today’s complex and highly competitive music industry is incredibly difficult, to say the least.  The explosion of music streaming services in recent years, which make it easy to listen to literally millions of songs for free or, at most, a minuscule amount of money, have obviously resulted in reduced music sales, and thereby profits, for all but the most successful, big-name musicians.

To read the article, click on this link:
http://bit.ly/1VUotm8