I have exactly zero fucks to give to your whining, kid.
Imagine being a working professional musician in 1977 and having your comfortable income disappear overnight when 9 out of 10 bar owners realize that a PFY with 2 turntables and a crate of vinyl can sell just as many drinks as a 5 piece original band and cost them 50 bucks and 3 Long Island Iced Teas.
You think you have it bad? We recorded our demos on a $700 pawnshop Teac 3340s, in mono, using the spring tank from a Traynor GT100 as the *only* effect, with radioshack mics and a 4 channel Crown PA mixer, because the only *real* recording studios were 16 Studer shops that charged 80 bucks an hour, and a spool of 456 was $120. We'd pull all-nighters copying cassettes in real time on boomboxes, label them with basllpoint pen, and pay a buck a shot to snail mail them out to clubs, labels and radio stations, hoping for *anything* as a response.
Reading your snivelling diatribe about how fucking hard you have it as a musician in 2015 is about as fucking first-world as it can possibly fucking get, so shut the fuck up, and thank every fucking god in your pantheon that you're a musician here and now, rather than there and then.
I was a card carrying AF of M member for 20 years, and the only thing my membership guaranteed me was the opportunity to buy rounds of single malt for the shop stewards in every backwater town in Ontario when they showed up to check your card 15 minutes before stage time.
"Flo & Eddie, the company that owns the rights to the music of the band The Turtles".
Flo and Eddie are the actual Turtles. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan were the Turtles dudes, but they adopted the names of Frank Zappa's roadies when they joined the Mothers of Invention after the Turtles sank.
Dude *should* be suing Rob Ford for creating an environment where drug references, hooker references and rollicking profanity could reasonably be assumed to be coming from a municipal mayor's social media presence.
What the fuck are you on about, Sparky? I'll cop to name calling and ridicule, because citing videogame violence as the reason mass shootings occur is, in fact, ridiculous, as are the gunloving douchebags who are embracing this preposterous concept.
Additionally, I'll call typical American Second Amendment fanciers names like 'douchebag' and 'smeghead', because it's a nice break from commenting on the miniscule size of their penises. That's neither here nor there, though... you guys are the ones who have to live with your deficiencies, and deep down, I feel sorry for your wives/girlfriends.
As to my "total lack of any refuting evidence", I believe Mike just posted some a few stories up on the main page. Sadly, there's no sign of anything refuting my contention that violent movies and videogames inspire much of the self-aggrandizing braggadocio among gundouches as to how they and their cunningly concealed (but perfectly legal) personal armouries will save the day in Aurora or Newtown-like scenarios.
" those rules have evolved and it is what makes a culture"
Excellent point, and very pertinent to the discussion at hand, which is that these rules *continue* to evolve. Attempting, as you are, to stem the progress of this cultural and technological evolution is a fool's errand.
Most musicians don't make money from CD sales because physical media is dead. Get with the times, ya dinosaur... The only people who like shiny plastic discs are the old white guys in suits who manufacture them.