Project #17367 - History of Rock and Roll

Homework #5 Essay Prompt  Due 11/22/13 by 5:00 pm

In the very early days of R&B and rock & roll, records were considered as advertising.  That is, they made the record to encourage people to attend their concerts.  The tour and the concert revenue was the main source of income for the artist, not record sales.

After Elvis’ astounding success the tables turned.  Record sales became so profitable that live concerts became a form of “advertising” for the records.  Artists went on tour to encourage people to buy the records.  In many ways this helped to keep the cost of concert tickets very low.  I went to hundreds of stadium concerts in the 70s and tickets were rarely more than $6.50.  It took an act with the status of The Rolling Stones to push ticket prices over $10. 

With concert prices rising and CD sales declining dramatically as they have for the past 5-10 years in a row, do you think we may be returning to the previous system where live performances form the bulk of an artist’s income?  How does this affect the music we have the opportunity to see performed?  Will big ”Spectacle Shows” continue to be possible under the new system?

There are also situations like the “Van’s Warped Tours” where the artists get only a small daily living allowance and no pay at all for their performances.  This keeps ticket prices low for the fans, but leaves the bands in an uncertain situation.   Most bands on these large package tours are given space on the grounds to set up a booth to sell their merchandise.  The merchandise sales ARE the band’s income on the tour.  It’s a big financial risk to go out on these tours but small records labels put a lot of pressure on their acts to do these tours.  What do you think?  Would you be willing to take that kind of risk as a doctor or journalist or any other “normal” career person?  Is it right that musicians (and other artists) be coerced into this business model?

 

 

 

These essays should be 2-3 pages in length.  If you find you need more length you are probably over-doing the background info, if you need less you are definitely missing something.These writing assignments are essays, not papers with definite right and wrong answers.  You will be given a prompt followed by several points I'd like you to address.  An essay will always contain the opinion of the author, but opinion by itself is not enough.  You need to back up your opinion with relevant facts and information that supports the position you are taking.  You’ll need to do some research for this. How well you support your position with facts and logic will determine your scores for these assignments.  If you cannot adequately support your opinion on your own, do some research and find a quote or some factual information to help you make your point.  That’s how essay writing works!

You may choose to do research either online or in the music library or use online sources.   If you make a direct quote from a source you must follow proper procedure giving credit to the original source (MLA, APA. style, etc.).  I do not require a bibliography or works cited page with these essays if you do not use a direct quote from one of your sources.

 

 

 

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