“Whitney Houston drowned in bath after taking cocaine”

Someday addiction will be treated as a very dangerous disease.  Maybe not in our lifetimes.  Sad and unnecessary.

Coroners report that pop legend Houston died from accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after taking cocaine. Grammy-winning pop legend Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after taking cocaine which could have triggered a heart attack, coroners said.

Reality Check – The Glamour of Being a Junkie-Alkie Rock Star – Gregg Allman

Why can’t folks suffering from inherited addictive brain disorders and this mental illness get proper medical treatment!?   They are either glamorized, exploited or criminalized.  Addictive brain disorders are an inherited illness like any other.

Another common mistaken idea — if going to treatment once worked, the person isn’t that sick with the disease!  duh.  Good for GA to keep trying.

Addictions want one thing and on thing only — everyone dead!

Gregg Allmann publishes a memoir

Today’s New York Times reviews Gregg Allmann’s new autobiography, My Cross to Bear. Reviewer David Kirby gives it a qualified thumbs-up, but is horrified by the drugs and drink ingested by Allmann and his band-mates:

At the height of their success, the band members walked onto the jet they’d just acquired to find “Welcome Allman Bros” spelled out in cocaine on the bar. Yet there’s none of the Dionysian cackling you hear below the surface of “Life,” Keith Richards’s monumental recounting of the Rolling Stones’ story. And while “My Cross to Bear” isn’t the most degrading account of a musician undone by narcotics (that honor belongs to “Three Dog Nightmare,” by the former Three Dog Night frontman Chuck Negron), Allman reckons he went into treatment 18 times before getting clean.Read More »

Interview: Today’s Tuff Music Environment – You MUST Market Yourself (long but worth it)

Today’s Volatile Music Biz (excerpted)

I spoke to Adam Gold from American Songwriter recently for a piece he was working on about the changing music business and best practices for success.

Mike King: This is a long answer. I think there are really so many paths and so many options for musicians now to get their music heard. That’s both a blessing and a curse. I think

  • the key is to think about this from a consumer, or fan standpoint
  • For consumers, there has never been a better time to listen to music. It’s everywhere. The floodgates are open, and if I want to check out practically anything I can do so in a matter of seconds.

I think the tricky thing, and something that a lot of folks are trying to figure out, is curation.

Although larger gatekeeper-based vehicles still do have an effect at exposing folks to music, like commercial radio exposing folks to pop musicI think that for the most part consumers are moving towards niches, and are finding new music through trusted sources within these niches.Read More »

Reality Check – Are Live Gigs Worth It? from music180.com

“When In Doubt, Leave It Out!”
Understandably, most upcoming artists invest a fair amount of time and money on playing live gigs because they believe playing live automatically builds a music career, but this is wrong.

The reality is that most artists waste a lot of time and money by playing live too soon, or for the wrong reasons.

Keep these two things in mind:

(1) you have limited amount of time to spend on your music career

(2) you have a limited amount of money to invest (in gear, lessons, production, studios, etc.)

If you’re a serious artist, instead of spending your limited time and money on gigs, you will probably get faster results by working with professional songwriters and producers, developing a package that will turn listeners into fans, and building a great image.Read More »