When Artists Lead an Audience

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

"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 Floyd catalog and solo career, often by injecting venomous statements against ...

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

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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 of album-oriented rock. The Endless River consists mostly of ambient ...

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

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

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 and iconography complemented the artistry of the its music and ...

5 Marketing Lessons from the 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

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 (actually two of them) witnessed by 40,000 people in Madison ...

Pink Floyd shines on for Baby Boomers

Monday, September 26th, 2011

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 a blatantly physical product in the digital era. Answer: Baby ...

Old bands, great brands shine in 2010

Friday, December 17th, 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 Stones owned the month of May with a heavily promoted re-issue of ...