Tag Archives: Authenticity

To a Musician Not Dying Young

Recently I was with a few people from southern California who had come to musical maturity in the ‘70s. I learned that there is a robust “tribute” or “cover” band scene there. One of the women I was with had been a backup singer in a Segar tribute band. It seems, she explained, that many … Continue reading To a Musician Not Dying Young

Manufactured Happiness

What if they were really Milli Vanilli?Does it matter, audibly, if the music comes from a particular person or a specific instrument being played by one? Is it the persona or the performance that is important? Is it the music or the maker?

Is This Website Real & How Do You Know?

A front-page story in a recent edition of the LA Times looked into the creation of web sites for entertainment products—films—by alleged fans. As the story, “Fake Fans, Fake Buzz, Real Bucks” by Dana Calvo (20 March ’01), opens: “The 34-year-old computer whiz in Silver Lake got a phone call from the friend of a … Continue reading Is This Website Real & How Do You Know?