Acclaimed power-pop master Marshall Crenshaw certainly knows how the music business works—or, in the case of many artists, doesn’t work. But Crenshaw is now waving goodbye to the traditional system, as the platinum-selling Grammy and Golden Globe nominee has decided to ditch the middle man and put out an EP subscription vinyl/download series. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Crenshaw will be releasing six 10-inch, three-track 45s within the next two years. The first one, I Don’t See You Laughing Now, was issued last month. Crenshaw will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Crenshaw: If I absolutely had to pick one all-time favorite recording artist, it would be Bo Diddley. Somebody lent me a “greatest hits” album when I was 15, and I got hooked immediately on the sound of the guitars, his style, the vibe of the recordings—everything. Any time that I hear something of his from 1955-1970, it makes me feel great.
One of the dumbest things I ever did was spend most of an evening in the same room backstage with Bo (among many other people) at the La Bamba premiere party in 1987 and never work up the nerve to go over and say hello. I learned from that mistake, and now, I always engage with people in those situations (and usually enjoy doing it).
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