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A tombstone hand and a graveyard mind…

Gretsch guitarOn a brief personal note, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bo Diddley. It’s hard to imagine how radical he sounded back in the fifties, when most of rock was either speeded-up country or blues, with some Gospel influence.

When you listen to the radio today, it’s amazing how frequently you hear the “shave and a haircut, two bits” Diddley-esque rhythm.

Bo was also one of the pioneers of rock-n-roll who never fully received the financial rewards he so richly deserved.  However, I’m sure that today he has “…a brand new house on the roadside.” Play on, Bo.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Anders Ljungbergdddd

Duran Duran, luck and marketing

Simon LeBonAt one point during my college days I wanted to be an A&R guy for a record label.  My reactions to smoke-filled clubs and early-to-bed habits caused me to rethink that career option.

But music, and the marketing of it, has remained a lifelong interest.

Last night, my wife and I saw Duran Duran at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.  This was her 11th or 12th time and my 10th time to see the band.

When you go to a Duran Duran show, you know you’re going to see a great performance, an enthusiastic crowd and hit after hit.

What I didn’t expect was a textbook example of creating and maximizing a marketing channel, and an example of how big a part luck plays in everything we do as marketers.

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