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Roger Waters Leads a Musical Resistance

When was the last time that popular music made you think? I mean really made you think about the state of the world and your place in it? The leaders you’ve elected? The choices you’ve made down to the products … Continue reading

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When Artists Lead an Audience

“Are there any paranoids in the audience tonight?” With those caustic words, Roger Waters introduced “Run Like Hell” in concert in 1980. Waters continues to taunt and provoke his audience 37 years later when he performs music from his Pink … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd’s “The Endless River”: Revenge of the Dinosaurs

Pink Floyd’s new (and final) album, The Endless River, had every reason to fail on its release November 10. At a time when album sales are in a free fall, the Floyd released an unabashed 53-minute artifact of the era … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”: How an Album Cover Became an Icon

Rock legends Pink Floyd would have been a perfect match for the visually oriented era of Pinterest and Tumblr had the band emerged today. At the height of Pink Floyd’s popularity in the 1970s, the Floyd’s visually arresting album covers … Continue reading

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5 Marketing Lessons from the 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief

Rock concerts for causes have come a long way since George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 and raised $250,000 to help refugees in war-torn Bangladesh. The Concert for Bangladesh was an untelevised rock show … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd shines on for Baby Boomers

When EMI Music announced in May that the record company would re-issue the Pink Floyd musical catalog via re-mastered compact discs, vinyl editions, and Blu-rays, a friend of mine in his 20s asked me who on earth would buy such … Continue reading

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Old bands, great brands shine in 2010

There seems to be no end to the merchandising of so-called legacy rock stars, and 2010 was no exception: In February the ghost of Elvis returned to Las Vegas with the opening of Cirque du Soleil Viva ELVIS. The Rolling … Continue reading

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