So, I’m reading this at Breitbart, of all places ….. bear with it, it’s a good read.
Gene Simmons told his son during a candid interview for Esquirethat rock music has been “murdered” by file-sharing and that rich, white, and entitled native-born Americans are partially to blame.
“My sense is that file-sharing started in predominantly white, middle and upper-middle-class young people who were native-born, who felt they were entitled to have something free, because that’s what they were used to,” he said.
Immigrants are more patriotic, according to the KISS legend.
“If you’re a native-born American, my contention is that you take a lot of things for granted. All the freedoms and opportunities you have here are expected, and you feel entitled. I think this has taken over the American psyche. I find that many of the more patriotic people are immigrants,” he explained.
Ahh….. you see what Gene did there? To him, file sharing is unpatriotic! And it’s them damned white kids!!!!
Of course, rock isn’t dead. Though, listening to today’s music, you’d swear it is, as well.
But, music, like everything, changes. If you want to listen to some good hard guitar licks, listen to some modern country. It’s bizarre, and like Gene, it pisses me off, as well. Modern country is not country music … it’s like pop in the 70s. But, some of it is harder.
Gene’s problem is that the typical well from where the musicians drew there money from is going away. But, we’ve always shared music. I can remember taping radio stations for songs I really wanted to have. And, so did many others. And, we shared the music. At the time, Beth would have been the only song of KISS I would have recorded or shared.
Sure, today, people will share all sorts of music, and many other things. It isn’t a sense of entitlement, it’s thrift. Why pay an outrageous amount of money for a good song when you can download it? Would that stop me from buying a CD from an artist I like? Nope. I’ve got Bob Segar’s last album (as far as I know), which no one other than me and him has listened to (as far as I know) and I’ve got Merle’s 4 CD package of all of his hits! And, countless others.
I still listen to the radio for good music ….. which is terribly difficult considering all the crap which is played today.
But, that’s the problem with Gene. He bitches about people feeling entitled, but, it’s Gene who feels entitled.
Consider what Gene has done. Sure, he’s an entertainer, and he was a fantastic entertainer. But, as far as I know, he’s never built a car, or a jet, or anything. AFAIK, he’s never made anything of substance. Wasn’t he the guy with the tongue? Congrats Gene, you have a tongue and can play the guitar. You and everyone else who does and can should be gazzillionaires! Because your contribution to society is so much of more value than people who actually build things and make things work.
Gene, I don’t know how to break this to you any other way. I’d like to be gentle, but, the facts are what they are. You’re an entertainer!!!! You’re a court jester!!! You worked in a minstrel troupe!!!!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m most appreciative of the work Gene had to put in. He’s done well, and I’m glad he has. But, who’s entitled to what?
The article continues ……
Upcoming artists are set up for failure and would be better off trying out for a reality show.
“It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance. If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible. You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs and just singing in the shower and auditioning for The X Factor,”said Simmons.
But, Gene, it’s always been that way. A song at the end of this point to punctuate. You don’t pick up the guitar because you think this may be a trade in which one can make a living, much less the level of success Gene did! One picks up the guitar because one likes to play music. I’ll never be mistaken for a good guitar player, but I like doing it. But, I’ve known many good guitar players, and most of them never got paid much more than a dime for the music they played.
Many of today’s musical frontrunners are forgettable and have destroyed the craft of creating iconic music, as they are incomparable to the groups that were formed in the 60s and 70s, such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, or The Stones.
Gene, that’s so true, but, it has nothing to do with entitlement or file sharing. It has to do with the crap people call music today.
‘Where’s the next Bob Dylan? Where’s the next Beatles? Where are songwriters? Where are the creators? Many of them now have to work behind the scenes, to prop up pop acts and write their stuff for them,” he said.
But, Gene, I don’t know why you don’t take some credit for this? Today, people have to suffer through garbage like what Miley puts out. Mostly because she’s does some outrageous stuff on stage, kinda like Beyonce. Weren’t you a pioneer in such madness? Oh sure, later in life you guys decided it was about the music instead of the shtick. Too late, look at what you spawned!!!
Simmons discussed how Psy’s anti-American track “Gangnam Style” set the standard for new age music artistry, as it had incredible rankings worldwide.
“Look up the numbers to that song. He blows everyone else out of the water,” he urged.
Psy once performed before President Obama around Christmas time in Washington.
“I firmly believe that there’s something missing in America, and it used to exist, and it’s now corny. Patriotism is corny, and that’s a sad state of affairs,” Simmons concluded. “I think every day, we forget about the — and here’s the corny part — glory of America. And thats too f*cking bad.”
Gene, I’m 100% behind you on this. It’s okay to hate some things which are going on in America, today, but, if you’re an American, it isn’t okay to hate America, the place of refuge and opportunity.
But, Gene, the music will come around. All the people need is to hear the good stuff, just once, and they’ll yearn for it every day.
The old system is crumbling, to be sure. But, music won’t die.
For KISS, here’s this one.
And to illustrate my point, here’s this…..
Play me song Curtis!!!! Play me a song!!!