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Today marks the debut of the newly improved Namedropper site. We have three new features up, so put on your rock reading glasses and feast your eyes.
Our exclusive CHRIS FRANTZ INTERVIEW begins what will be a monthly series of online interviews with great musicians, in a section called EMAIL A ROCK STAR! Each month we will…er, email a rock star. Even though we’ve just published Chris’ online chat, we’re already busy scheduling interviews for the next few months. Yes, we’d love to tell you who, and no, we won’t. That would spoil the surprise.
I’ve met almost every rock star that I ever wanted to, and Chris is absolutely one of the nicest and most genuine. When he says in the interview that he doesn’t feel like a rock star, he’s not attempting to be modest. He’s just a really nice guy who happens to have been in one of the world’s most important rock bands, Talking Heads (as well as Tom Tom Club). He deserves all of his success. And his beautiful wife Tina is of the same lofty character; maybe we’ll email her someday, too!
In this interview, Chris unexpectedly floored me with a simple comment. When asked how to save the music business, he said it’s up to the kids, and he’s right. For years I’ve been trying to figure out how to save rock and roll, and now I know that Chris is right. If rock and roll is to be saved, or reinvented, it will be by a 17 year old guitarist, not a middle aged person. Rock and Roll is primarily a vehicle to be directed by the young, and some of us older folks who worry about its demise should just let go, and let the kids decide. They might rock, they might suck, but ultimately, it is their domain with which to do what they may. In the meantime, older rockers should just do the best they can and give the kids something great to compete with/resond to.
Also new to Namedropper is THE WHORE REPORT. I first sent out The Whore Report in 2005 in an attempt to amuse my firends, and make fun of rockers who sell out (yes, I know, it’s an outdated concept). That 2005 essay is included as well as a brand new edition written this week. There is ALWAYS somebody selling out, so if you see a rock star acting stupid in a commercial, let us know, and we’ll get right on it. The war has been lost but this soldier bitches on.
Last but not least, we have added WALKING THE BLOG. In this bloggy woggy I hope to share my adventures as they happen, as well as go on about a lot of things no one cares about. So until we get a guest book up, please leave all your comments about the site here. And we DO want your feedback, as well as some reverb.
In closing, a special thanks to our webmaster, Commander Fred, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping establish and improve the site. Without his asistance, I would still be trying to figure out how to spell ‘.com.’