The Biz

The business of rock music is almost as entertaining as the music itself. One of our missions here at Best Classic Bands is to explore myriad aspects of “The Biz” both past and present that have their effects on the music, its makers and its fans. Among then are:

Brick & Mortar Record Retailing: The growth of rock music in the 1950s and ’60s fostered the rise of the independent retail record store and regional and national chains. The digital music revolution slaughtered most all of the chains and created chaos and jeopardy for the indie retailers. But just as the music survived, so did record stores. We look to the past, at the present and into the future at this central factor in connecting consumers with the music.

Please Release Me: There are unreleased albums by artists as well as bootleg concert recordings that have never been officially released and should be. As well, some albums from the past are not currently available for purchase. In these articles we identify such recordings and discuss why they deserve to finally be made officially available or reissued.

Promo Hits, Flops & Swag: A Warner Bros. Records ad on the back cover of Billboard magazine in the late 1970s just about said it all: “What happens if you don’t promote? Nothing.” The many creative, odd and sometimes downright crazy ways that the business promoted artists and their effects – positive, negative and unintended – are a source of fascinating tales. And the items and ways that were used to do so launched a still-thriving memorabilia business and yielded many interesting (and sometimes hilarious) artifacts.

 

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