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Henry Rollins: Why I Refuse to Shut Up and Play the Hits

June 30, 2016.
I think I understand playing the hits, even without all the original members present. It is the band’s total submission to the will of the fan. The customers get what they want and can leave with a feeling of fulfillment and having been duly served. The rock stars get the adulation, proceeds and whatever else falls into their enclosure. Everyone wins but nothing is risked. Did the fans get art, or product? Does it matter? I think it does.
I know of at least one artist who risked and challenged unceasingly. A hard-core genius who dropped material when he started liking it too much. Who does that?!
I told you this was about Miles Davis. – Henry Rollins