I have to agree, in many ways it has become 'hobbytime' and there is a FLOOD of noize out there, including the corporate 'main stream' which keeps the true career minded musicians down and out of the picture. Disney rules the day in Hollywood, and the past rebelious 'indie' artists have toned it way down to appeal to a growing dumb down audience. I see and hear it all the time in L.A., everyone is competing for attention, performing for no pay, giving everything away for free. You can't do it yourself out of pocket unless you're independently wealthy. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin didn't make great records on little or no budget. Even great musicians back then had to have sufficient funds to produce great records.
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