I swore I would never write one of those “Lessons I Learned from the Rolling Stones” blog posts.

And yet, here I am doing just that.

Why?

Well, a few nights ago, I came upon a YouTube video of them performing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” onstage September 30 in Charlotte, North…


In 1985, I crossed paths with Danny Sugerman, co-author of the controversial biography of Jim Morrison, No One Here Gets Out Alive. By the mid-1980s, a global Doors revival was in full swing, and No One Here Gets Out Alive, released in 1980, had a lot to do with that…


The NFL should have given the entire Super Bowl stage to Kendrick Lamar.

The NFL announced on September 30 an all-star line-up for the Super Bowl LVI halftime show, which happens February 13 in Los Angeles. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar will represent three decades of hip-hop…


Warner Music Group (WMG) and Twitch recently announced a first-of-its-kind relationship to launch recording artist channels and create a standalone music space featuring premium music-centric programming on Twitch. The deal demonstrates that the legacy music labels such as WMG are as important as ever. …


If you think rock is dead, you need to see a smoking hot band from Nashville named DeeOhGee. They’ll set you straight in 10 seconds flat.

On a hot Friday night in July, I am at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub near Chicago waiting for DeeOhGee to kick off the club’s annual American…


“You can almost hear music in the silence of this empty stage.”

Those are words of disc jockey Grant Turner during one of the spoken interludes on the album, Stars of the Grand Ole Opry: 1926–1974. I picked up this double-album for $5, sealed. …


Paul Richardson walked into a grey conference room where 25 men and women, all of them unemployed like himself, sat at desks arranged like a school room, glancing at laptops and mobile phones, and murmuring to each other.

He found one empty seat in the front row, opened his laptop…


Amazon just made another land grab. Amid widespread speculation, on May 26 Amazon confirmed the signing of an agreement to acquire MGM for $8.45 billion. The deal marks the second-largest acquisition in Amazon’s history (next to its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017). The deal will add 4,000…


It’s important to know how to build your personal brand. If you don’t, you give agency to everyone else to tell your story for you. And you may not like what you hear. Or you won’t be heard at all. So don’t let anyone tell you that personal branding is…


Fifty years ago, the Doors released, L.A. Woman, now widely regarded as a masterpiece. But L.A. Woman almost died in the recording studio. In December 1970, the Doors were floundering as they attempted to make the album at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Lead singer Jim Morrison, lost in the…

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