Sorry no radio show this week, I was out of town, working for The Man.
At one point during the day, I passed by some young men who were hustling outside of a mall, rappers trying to sell their self-produced CDs to tourists and passers-by. And surely hoping to put the CD into the hands of a Music Industry Insider, and one day become rich and famous. This was Hollywood, so that sort of thing always seems like it could maybe be possible.
The first guy wanted me to buy his for $10, stuck a pair of headphones on me to listen to it. I didn’t really want it, but was willing to donate a few dollars to a struggling musician. He dropped the price to $5 and I agreed to buy it. A friend of his quickly ran up and tried to get me to buy his CD for $5 as well, and I figured “what the hell”. A third fellow tried to get me to buy his too, but I’d reached my limit at that point and kept on walking.
So here’s the question.
By buying CDs I didn’t want from amateur musicians on the street, am I a supporter of independent music, or am I a sucker?
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