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Posts tagged "money"
Jun 19, 2014
I’m just back out here to make enough money to disappear again.
Jun 17, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
» Band attempts to fund tour by posting silent album on Spotify
Last week, they uploaded a 10-track album of complete silence called Sleepify to Spotify. As frontman Jack Stratton explains, if someones put Sleepify on repeat before they go to bed, just 800 listens will generate $4. While that doesn’t sound like much, if enough people stream the album, eventually, the band’s tour will be completely funded. What’s more, if this crazy idea actually does work the band will use Spotify’s data to pinpoint where they should tour. The band plans promises each concert will be free.”
(via Alexis Madrigal)
Jan 19, 2014
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island. I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel to know that our host only yesterday may have made more money than your novel ‘Catch-22′ has earned in its entire history?” And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.” And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?” And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Nov 10, 2013
Working on poems is like cheating on your husband: It’s what I really want to do but they won’t pay me for it.
Oct 27, 2013
Writing beats baling hay or going door-to-door for a living, but it’s still shockingly unenjoyable work.
Sep 19, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants
Sad copyright story: Barrett Strong, who first wrote and recorded “Money (That’s What I Want)” for Motown, has never seen a penny of royalties for the song, because Motown executives had him removed from the copyright registration. (The single was Motown’s first big hit, and sold over a million copies, but you could probably live off the publishing from the Beatles’ cover alone…)
In 2009, Mr. Strong had a stroke, limiting his ability to play the piano and sing. He now lives in a retirement home here, and hopes that by recouping rights to “Money” he will more easily be able to pay his medical bills and residence fees. But he also wants his accomplishments properly remembered.
“Songs outlive people,” he said, with a mixture of sadness, resignation and anger. “The real reason Motown worked was the publishing. The records were just a vehicle to get the songs out there to the public. The real money is in the publishing, and if you have publishing, then hang on to it. That’s what it’s all about. If you give it away, you’re giving away your life, your legacy. Once you’re gone, those songs will still be playing.”
Filed under: copyright
Aug 01, 2013
Keep your overhead low
“The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.”
Anybody who tells people to “do what you love no matter what” should also have to teach a money management course.
Low overhead + “do what you love” = a good life.
“I deserve nice things” + “do what you love” = a time bomb.
A good life is not about living within your means, it’s about living below your means…
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May 26, 2013
I kept myself purposely stupid about the commerce side of it. It was dumb. I really should have looked after things…. At one time there was an audit, and I was given a figure of [losing] $30 million. I didn’t even know I had anything like that. I thought maybe 3, maybe close to 10 million. […] I always had this sense that O.K., I’m an artist and I shouldn’t have to be concerned about something as banal as money, which is baloney. It’s my job. It’s what I do. I didn’t pay any attention to it, and I trusted other people, and I got screwed.
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