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Recently I have been looking through interviews I gave in the past. Some for magazines, others online and still more on radio and some on TV. In nearly all of them I go on and on about the music industry bosses and the foolish way they were destroying our British pop business.
Sometimes people called me ‘bitter and twisted' because they thought my comments related in some way to a resentment I harboured in the way the industry had treated me. Others thought that perhaps I was a spent force clinging to the old ways. Others that I was slipping into delusional old age and decrepidness. I felt like, at the very least, people saw me as some kind of hypochondriac. Nothing was really wrong.
If anyone can be bothered, I would urge them to look back at what I was saying as long ago as 1993. Not that what I said can make a difference now but, and I say this in all modesty, I was right. This, in itself, is not important. But I have always regarded those whose comments have foreshadowed events to be individuals worth listening to under any prevailing circumstances.
Certain people said that the world was drifting into financial melt-down long before it actually did. How did they know? Why didn't we listen? They knew because they had experience and had seen it all before. They knew because they were of a certain age and were prepared to risk ridicule to issue a warning given for the benefit of all. We didn't listen because the people concerned were of the 'old' school. There is a mantra which seems to pervade in late twentieth and early twenty-first century thinking which is that 'anything old is bad, anything new is good'. What rot.
I said what I said over the years not out of Schadenfreude but in an attempt to get the music industry bosses to think again and to reconsider its position. Above all I wanted to help protect and maintain the good things in the industry which were in danger of being destroyed.
What I said about stage school kids and unemployment has sadly materialised. Three out every five people under 25 now unemployed. How many went to the stage schools? What qualifications can they offer to secure a job? This was always political vote catching versus the welfare of young people. A battle the young have lost...for now.
Recently I have detected a change in the wind. There is a reaction against the pop diet we're being served and I see some encouraging signs. Perhaps reality shows like Big Brother and X Factor have had their day. Perhaps we've seen how shallow and boring it all is. It is to be hoped that the hypochondriac doesn't have to die. Too late for him to ask, 'Now do you believe me?'
(c)2009 M Stock
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