Narcissism on the Rise in American Pop Music?

"Narcissus," by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (ca 1597-1599)
“Narcissus,” by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (ca 1597-1599)

On my facebook feed, Eric Edberg had posted a link about the internet “narcissism epidemic.”  It linked to a piece talking about a NYT piece about the rise of “a statistically significant trend toward narcissism and hostility in popular music” (here’s an NPR talk with the researcher).  This seems to follow a trend towards narcissism and hostility in [American] society in general.

Continue reading “Narcissism on the Rise in American Pop Music?”

Q. What Killed the Big Bands? A. The Cost Disease!

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was, arguably, the most popular band of the swing era
The Glenn Miller Orchestra was, arguably, the most popular band of the swing era.

I love going to thrift stores and flea markets.  Mainly it’s the thrill of potentially finding something I might actually be looking for, but more often than not it’s the thrill if finding something I was never looking for.  In this case I found a book by Earl Wilson from 1971 called “The Show Business Nobody Knows.”

Continue reading “Q. What Killed the Big Bands? A. The Cost Disease!”