Music Biz: Old Money Edition

The Hip-Hop Hypocrisy of Chick Guevara: or, Boringly Bourgeois in Brentwood with the Bronfmans (Bang-Bang)

I know this sounds like an exaggeration, but I seriously was waiting this week to see the Readers’ Comments section on this NY Times Magazine piece on M.I.A. Comments such as this one made it all worthwhile!

They released the piece earlier this week and I read a bit, until I got bored. Do I need another illustration that the best way to “make it” in the music biz (read: anywhere in the arts) is to marry into old money?

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via M.I.A.’s Agitprop Pop – Readers’ Comments – NYTimes.com

Doping: Vaughters and Garmin Edition

We cannot change what happened in the past. But we believe it is time for transparency.
We expect anyone in our organization who is contacted by any cycling, anti-doping, or government authority will be open and honest with that authority. In that context, we expect nothing short of 100% truthfulness – whatever that truth is – to the questions they are asked. As long as they express the truth about the past to the appropriate parties, they will continue to have a place in our organization and we will support them for living up to the promise we gave the world when we founded Slipstream Sports.

It’s been pretty cycling/doping/Landis/Armstrong-heavy here on BB, but I really do believe this is a pivotal, potentially watershed, moment for pro cycling.

I feel bad for Vaughters and Garmin/Slipstream in this case. Vaughters has not tried to really hide his own doping during one part of his career, but now he has to walk this fine line between taking a hard line against doping now and not sounding like a liar/hypocrite. Yet, the only way he, thus far, could hope to keep Garmin doing is by not directly addressing his own guilt with respect to doping.

I would hope that the Landis Affair might open up the space needed for guys like Vaughters to come clean but in a serious, non-moralistic or non-absolutist way. Of course a bunch of American douchebag fans will still yell that anyone who ever doped should never be let back in….but what do these morons expect? It is only those who have actually confronted the reality of pro cycling and ALL of its cultural practices who can be expected to come up with realistic solutions to the sport’s problems (if we think of doping as a “problem” – and I’m not necessarily convinced we need to do that).

VeloNews.com

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D-Bags We Know: McQuaid & UCI Edition

These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport,” [UCI Head, Pat] McQuaid told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday. “If they’ve any love for the sport they wouldn’t do it.

This is the kind of shit that makes me apoplectic about the state of pro cycling. I’m with Adam Meyerson on this one, let the whole fucking establishment burn to the ground if this is the attitude. Who has more “love for the sport” – a guy willing to risk his life racing and doping or some cunt at UCI headquarters hoping to squeeze another few years out of the Armstrong effect?!

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Floyd Landis admits to using PEDs most of his career – ESPN