Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent

I wrote an article for The Atlantic connecting a recent editorial by ex-Talking Head David Byrne, a blog post by the New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones, and two books coming out in November: one on indie-music scenes around the country, one on Memphis’s Stax Records. Check the piece here. The apt song for a piece about how successful art often destroys the conditions that make its success possible has to be Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” from his Otis Blue album. Otis showed up at Stax and put together this entire album in a day and a night.

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