Ian MacKaye on what he respected about The Grateful Dead

ian mackaye

I think they’re interesting structurally, in retrospect, for instance their business and the way they flexed their muscles in a good way. In the late 80s or early 90s, before Jerry died, they did these stadium shows, and they had their own ticketing system. They sold tickets directly, and at some point during this stadium tour, Ticketmaster didn’t want them selling directly. They told The Dead that wasn’t happening anymore, so the band told them, “Okay, you’re fired.” And then so Ticketmaster tried to backtrack. At least that’s what I heard, I’m not sure if that’s necessarily true. But anyways, they operated well, they weren’t bullied by the machine. You get that sort of power by saying “No.”

from the excellent interview on Brightest Young Things

found out some bad news today, and yesterday, and last night

dicisions tattoo

but at least i didnt get a terrible tattoo which was also misspelt.

this blog has always been staying positive despite whatever goes down.

a long time ago i got a fortune cookie that said

its not what happens, its how you handle it

and ive always tried to live my life from advice delivered by mass produced desserts.

some of the bad news was my buddy Dave from the KPCC Patt Morrison Show was being shown the door

so we took him out drinking last night

and all agreed that the radio station probably didnt need any more forward thinking creative funny

radio veterans

who’d produced people like Pete Rose, Dennis Miller, and Bob Forrest.

some times people just want challenges, i guess.