Pascal Derrien in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Music in English Brand Ambassador 🐝 • beBee Sep 10, 2017 · 2 min read · 3.3K

Proxy Music

Proxy Music



I am reading a book called '' This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl '' by Paul Branningan. Paul is a rock journalist who met Grohl more than two decades ago. It is a pretty good read I must say. Dave is a few years older than me but I can recognize some elements of myself in how music and the discovery of the punk hard core scene in particular helped him to forge a very strong and solid set of values. Those served him well over the years leading him to become the person he is today. But as I reach pages 146 or 147 of the book I know dark vibes will start to cloud the story as the author cannot escape unfolding a few dark chapters where Nirvana and Kurt Cobain in particular spiralled into overnight success, fame, heroine, ODs and ultimately the suicide of Cobain in Rome. 

Kurt was a complex individual, I kind of think of him as being very spiritual in his own way but intense and utterly driven. He had an obsession in standing out from the crowd which was in complete contradiction from the underground scene he was coming from. He was and would not be the last rock icon to depart from this world in such a dramatic fashion. In 2017 alone Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell namely committed the irreparable too.

Did those guys have anything in common or were they subject to similar patterns? I am no shrink but past elements of depression and the substance abuse cliche they were all coming from dysfunctional families. Those sons of divorcees shared some troubling similarities insofar that they had developed at a very young age a strong aspiration and eagerness to be found. Later in life they almost thrived at the game of hide and seek with society, a dangerous game where fame and recognition would ultimately lead them to a point of no return. 

They got bigger than their own personas and ended up having huge difficulties to cope with their status. From the outside it could have been seen as self inflicted hysteria but I think for Chris, Kurt and Chester it was probably more a question of being trapped on a destructive path without having access to any emergency exits.

Death sells, A&R managers and other voracious label marketers rarely pass the opportunity to exploit the love and fascination the public have for music martyrs. T-shirts, live bootlegs, goodies of any shape or form including albums re-issues are making sure you can purchase and acquire the ultimate death by procuration experience. It does not really matter if it does involve spoiling the artist legacy, Jeff Buckley for example has released more music material dead than when he was alive. How daft is this? 

Suicide sells better, drugs a bit less, choking in your own puke like Bon Scott is probably at the end of the pecking order but you can always rely on the creativity of the corporate labels to romanticize dramatic stories. Anything in order to squeeze every single dollar out of established or wanna be rock stars memorabilia.

Sometimes corporations kill their customers too and I am not talking Big Pharma here, Judas Priest's CBS pumped thousands of dollars in legal costs making sure the industry would not be held responsible for the suicide linked to the song Beyond the Realms of Death.

Icons like Jim Morrison, Prince or Bennington will continue to trigger the inner combustion engine of young talented individuals, their narrative will influence boys and girls of different generations, they will fascinate and incentivize tortured souls to pick up guitars, write songs and make music.

But make no mistake it is not, it has never been and will never be about the music, be under no illusion because it could be potatoes or socks corporate labels only care about returns on investments. 

If you have any ounce of naivety left in you I would like to share a quote taken from the visionary lyrics of a song written by the defunct Four Horsemen on their first album. 

Rockin is ma business and business is good !!!!






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Nandita De Jul 13, 2019 · #23

Searing, searching analysis of this dark world which capitalizes on human suffering and pathos and self pity. Instead of being cathartic, they are made to drown in their own darkness and sense of wrongdoings done to them. It's a very serious situation in this broken world and really your article needs to reach many, many young people. They are being driven to make riches from their anguish,  real or perceived,  instead of overcoming it and beginning on fresh, clean notes. This is a subject where the alternatives need to be discussed and spread at length to prevent the new generations falling prey to this false sense of empathy and floundering in the darkness of past or present situations.  Excellent work Pascal. Kudos!

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Nandita De Jul 13, 2019 · #22

Searing, searching analysis of this dark world which capitalizes on human suffering and pathos and self pity. Instead of being cathartic, they are made to drown in their own darkness and sense of wrongdoings done to them. It's a very serious situation in this broken world and really your article needs to reach many, many young people. They are being driven to make riches from their anguish,  real or perceived,  instead of overcoming it and beginning on fresh, clean notes. This is a subject where the alternatives need to be discussed and spread at length to prevent the new generations falling prey to this false sense of empathy and floundering in the darkness of past or present situations.  Excellent work Pascal. Kudos!

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Pascal Derrien Sep 12, 2017 · #21

#20 ah thank you @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee :-) Much appreciated

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Wow, @Pascal Derrien. Beautifully said. Wonderful prose.

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Pascal Derrien Sep 12, 2017 · #18

#17 yeah true had not thought about RS kind of survivors they are 😀@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

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Ah, dreams of the young and musically gifted don't always end well, unfortunately. Fame isn't meant for everyone and holding on to fame can be difficult. There's always the fear that your popularity will take a dive. We lose too many entertainers to drugs and alcohol, and before their time.

I amazed by older groups, in age and popularity, that can remain relevant. Long live The Rolling Stones.

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Harvey Lloyd Sep 11, 2017 · #16

#15 WIth no empirical or cultural evidence or understanding i would say that the artists of my generation (Boomers) were accidental artists. They had a song and story just wanted to sing it.

Today's commercial one hit wonder bands seem to be the product of the machine. Hell Americans got sold a pet rock and sofas to lay them on. Marketing at its finest.

Most importantly the drama of the musical, paralleled some of our own dramas and allowed us kindred moments.

The ears in today's video world are a neglected appendage, that in my youth i didn't need visual stimulation i could see the video of the artist in my mind.

I retreat there often and remember the days that imagination was king and artists could fuel the journey.

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Pascal Derrien Sep 11, 2017 · #15

#14 absolute value versus commercial return don't we hate it becomes clear music is just a commodity 🎶😩 Thanks @Harvey Lloyd

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