Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Clear Channel vs. Bruce Springsteen

The Crooks and Lairs blog is reporting that Clear Channel is attempting to silence Bruce Springsteen much the same way they tried to silence the Dixie Chicks. You see Clear Channel is a Republican owned corporate media giant. Bruce has the #1 record in all the land called ” Magic,” but Clear Channel has sent out a memo saying:

Alas, there’s a hitch: Radio will not play “Magic.” In fact, sources tell me that Clear Channel has sent an edict to its classic rock stations not to play tracks from “Magic.” But it’s OK to play old Springsteen tracks such as “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born to Run” and “Born in the USA.”

It was Clear Channel that battle Howard Stern until he was so fed up that he jumped over to satellite radio.

In fact, sources tell me that Clear Channel has sent an edict to its classic rock stations not to play tracks from “Magic.” But it’s OK to play old Springsteen tracks such as “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born to Run” and “Born in the USA.”

Just no new songs by Springsteen, even though it’s likely many radio listeners already own the album and would like to hear it mixed in with the junk offered on radio.

Why? One theory, says a longtime rock insider, “is that the audience knows those songs. Of course, they’ll never know these songs if no one plays them.”

Clear Channel's rationale is that at age 58, Springsteen simply is too old to be played on rock stations. Of course this is absurd. Your audience determines what you should be playing and Springsteen at 58 has an audience that spans the generations in the same way that the Rolling Stones are still relevant.

Banning artists is deplorable. I'm no expert on the American constitution but banning artists because of their political affiliation or beliefs attacks the pillars of the American democracy. It's McCarthyism in the 21st century.

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