Music Mafia – How Corruption and Greed Led to the Downfall of Rock Music – Jim Barber, Rick Beato

Music Mafia

“You both could not have articulated this any better. This is an incredibly transparent documentary of what the radio/music industry was and has turned into. A “must watch” for all artists. Thank you for this!”

Corporations epitomize sociopathy / psychopathy because they are required by law to do everything legally possible to gain money for their shareholders. Regardless of their slick advertising which claims anything but — which is all a lie designed to trick you into giving them even more money — the single bottom-line is money.

“Here’s the problem for me: So the stations are being controlled by people who don’t actually live in the market and who don’t have to listen to what’s going out over-the-air…” ~ 6:00 in


From video comments —

“Mention must be made of DAVE MCGOWAN’s expose (“INSIDE THE LC” online, WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE CANYON in-print) of military intelligence involved directly in all major successful rock bands / musical artists.”

“Not mentioned but important — the ‘sonic design’ of popular music was mostly tuned for-play in the automobile; this may be an argument for the rise of ‘dynamic compression’ and later ‘mastering’. “Bass Boost” toggle may factor in here.”

“Speaking of the “collective experience of everybody enjoying a record together” — the power of focused human attention is revealed by Princeton’s 30+ year NOOSPHERE project which recorded on its special detectors substantial, remarkable deviation from true randomness during events garnering large-scale human attention — 911, death of Princess Diana, etc. Even more remarkable is that the deviations were often recorded Prior to the event itself.” —

Coherent consciousness creates order in the world
Subtle interactions link us with each other and the Earth

Princeton Noosphere / Global Consciousness Project

Music Mafia
Music Mafia

Corruption and Greed Led to the Downfall of Rock Music

It appears that Rick Beato, a well-known music producer, educator, and YouTube personality, has discussed the topic of “How Corruption and Greed Led to the Downfall of Rock Music” in a video. In this episode, Beato and his friend Jim Barber explore the complex interplay of policy, corruption, and greed that contributed to significant shifts within the music industry, particularly affecting rock music from the late 1990s onward.

This discussion likely touches on several factors, including changes in the music industry’s business model, the consolidation of record labels, changes in radio and media ownership due to legislation like the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the impact of digital music distribution. These elements combined may have led to a landscape where commercial interests took precedence over artistic integrity, affecting the diversity and visibility of rock music.

Beato’s insights into the music industry are informed by his extensive experience as a musician, producer, and educator. His YouTube channel covers a wide range of topics related to music theory, production techniques, and industry analysis, making complex subjects accessible to a broad audience.

While the video itself would provide a more detailed exploration of these themes, the summary suggests a critical look at how external pressures and the pursuit of profit over artistry have influenced the trajectory of rock music and the music industry as a whole.

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