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Author: Paul Grimsley

Everything Is Bad For You, Everyone Wants To Kill You, And Nothing Good Ever Happens

Bad News Sells A World No-one Wants To Live In This is what you could come to believe if you just swallowed the general line that is pushed on a daily basis. News outlets, Facebook walls, feed-readers, the spam email that gets flung past the filters into your psychic space – whatever your source of information about the world, it is a pretty certain thing that someone is trying to pollute it in some way with bad news. It is a little confusing, because you step out of the door and you are not in a post-apocalyptic wasteland having...

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Punk At 40: Filthy Lucre?

The 3rd album I ever bought was the The Clash: The Singles, and back when I was 18 Combat Rock was one of my favorite albums. I used to sing along to The Sex Pistols regularly. I idolized Siouxsie Sioux. I was super aware of it as a kid, and had a crush on a neighbor who dressed as a punk, but I wasn’t really old enough for punk in its heyday. At 8 in 1983 I was a skinhead with a bomber jacket and DMs, as a teen I was into heavy metal. This Is England by Shane...

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Radiohead: Blank Screen Advertising

Learn The Game And The Broke The Rules Having an internet presence is one way to publicize yourself and generate interest. Erasing said web presence is an interesting twist on how to use that power. If you are big enough doing something like that would generate a huge uptick in interest, wouldn’t it? A great way to get people interested. Radiohead have pulled off some real genius marketing coups in the past – one of the first big bands to do a pay what you want model, secret cd inserts buried under the tray, releasing solo albums on download...

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Beyonce’s Lemonade

Lemonade Is Something Different Done Well If you’re going to release an album these days and make any kind of splash with it – any kind of cultural impact – then you need to do something big, and you need to do something innovative. Beyonce brings us Lemonade – a visual album that premiered on HBO, and then appeared on Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming service. It’s Beyonce so, to a degree, people are always watching. She is pretty compelling, and though her personal life does draw some small amount of attention, it is most definitely her work that keeps...

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Prince’s PR And Purple Reign

Prince’s Was A Professional Who Kept His Good Deeds Private Bowie’s passing affected a lot of people. Prince’s death seems to be affecting, if not more people, then it seems to be affecting them in a different way – with their grief being of obviously purple hue. I am not sure the last time I saw roadside advertising hoardings given over to the mourning of a rock star. I loved Prince’s music, and that was pretty much as far as I dug into his life – it was enough for me that the music was there. I remember there...

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