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Top 5 Musicians Who Made It Later In Life

on Aug 11, 2013 in music and fashion |

Top 5 Musicians Who Made It Later In Life guest blog by Christine Backer A lot of things are acceptable in the music industry. Ideas about drink, drugs and sex are all fairly fluid but there is one area in which the music industry does have plenty of prejudice – age. Most rock stars will start out in their teens, with some famous stars starting out when they are barely out of training bras (and that’s just the boys!). If you want to make it in the music industry past the age of 25 you have a long hard slog ahead of you. Many record companies will just not take an interest in someone with a few more laughter lines. The basic fact is that sex sells, and it is easier to sell a nubile waif in skinny jeans to the rabid masses than it is to get them interested in someone old enough to have a mortgage. Here are some of the stars who did manage to get past the ageism and show the youngsters how it is done. 1. Joe Satriani Joe Satriani didn’t release his first album until he was 30, having spent his teenage years and 20’s trying to get into the music industry without any success. Now known as one of the most famous and influential solo guitarists on the planet, Satriani still regularly sells out tours across the globe. he has also taught some of the most popular rock guitarists of all time, with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Counting Crows’ David Bryson counted amongst his protegees. Interesting Fact: Joe Satriani named his son Z.Z (Zachariah Zane) because, although he is an incredibly talented guitarist, he is apparently not a very nice person. 2. Susan Boyle One of the entries on the list who is likely to be known to a far greater population is Susan Boyle, who hurtled into the public eye aged 48 as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent. Boyle was the awkward, frumpy contestant who sang a beautiful rendition of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ and got a standing ovation from the crowd and judges alike. Since then, Boyle’s debut album became the UK’s best selling debut album of all time...

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STYLE AND CONTENT ? musicians looking good

on Mar 16, 2013 in music and fashion |

STYLE AND CONTENT ? So David Bowie is … exhibition opens a the V and A on the 23rd. Has to get you thinking about how important style is to music. I have had a few interesting conversation this week – people getting very hot under the collar about why an artists music should be enough. A young rap artist bitterly recalling a workshop with the furious five where all the young uk artists attending the master class were told off for not dressing up enough.. I always like someone on stage to make a bit of effort, and it is one of the ways you can make yourself memorable and stick out from other performers and bands.. I started to think about some of my faves from the past .. the fabulous Grace Jones  Whatever she says in the quote, – she was born pretty groovy !  But great styling took her to the next level. Anyway some famous artist took a very cheap and cheerful approach at the start of their a careerSharp unusual  haircutAnnie Lennox had a very sweet and ordinary blond bob  in her first successful outing in the tourists. But we all know and love her androgenous look. Simple prop or how to maximise a style problemGabrielle turned her drooping eyelid into a style craze with her stylish  eye patch. No Clothes at all  very cheap and cheerful Red Hot Chilli Peppers playing naked with sock costumes. orgoing to the other extreme “proper dressing up ” with bass legend Bootsy Collins  I asked guest blogger Christine Backer to choose 5 of her faves but PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE tell me yours either on thefacebook page   or in the coments box  on the site (marketing tip if you add your link- people will check you and your music out !!)Felix...

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Band Riders guest blog by Christine B.

on Jan 12, 2013 in music and fashion |

Band Riders and Diva Demands, I used to be in a band with a guy called Spyder – he always asked our gig promoters for a bottle of Johnny Walkers whiskey. His motto was “no rider no Spyder”. Mariah Carey famously demanded “a basket of puppies” to be provided at gigs – may or may not be true… on a less glamorous note When I was broke on tour in france many many moons ago – We were given fab teas when we arrived at gigs. and then fed us after the gig (as part of the rider) I was mystified when I saw the more experienced people in the band carefully packing away cheese and ham and anything we ddnt eat into specially bought chilly bags -yes lunch fr the next day and bless them as there were some days we would have been totally lost with out our groovy picnics… If you want to know more about riders check the this guest post by Christine B   Hands up who wants to be a rockstar? If you still have your hand down either you’re a liar or are already a rockstar and know what the life of a touring musician actually entails. From the outside, touring the world and playing your music to thousands of adoring fans seems glamorous and exciting. On top of this, at the very height of fame musicians are treated with slightly more reverence than the royal family, with hot and cold running groupies and their every whim catered to just in order to get them up on stage for an hour or so every night (or, in the case of Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses fame, slightly off stage, folding his little arms and complaining about something).   But getting to this level takes time and a level of commitment that would cause most of us to give up within the first week of our first tour. For a start, the conditions of a tour are less than glamorous. When you are starting out you’ll have a tour bus, or even just a van, which you will all be cramped into for the majority of your time, driving from town to...

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