Published Dec 23, 2008As the auto industry continues to crash and burn, the Big Three aren't the only ones in need of a bailout - it appears musicians could use one as well.
In automaker-dependent Detroit, artists have come out to shine a grim light on their ailing music scene, with many pointing out the devastating effect the failing auto sector has had on live music, record stores and the bands.
"With thousands of job losses, who do you think is coming out to see shows?" former Verve Pipe front-man Brian Vander Ark told the Windsor Star [via The Daily Swarm]. "I watched the Senate hearings; these executives all want a golden parachute. It's difficult to get people to buy tickets now, and that has everything to do with the auto industry."
The Star article goes on to report how a city once littered with record stores now contains only a few remaining hold-outs, and with much of the music-buying public struggling with auto-plant layoffs and closures, it's no surprise the future looks bleak.
"The automakers affect everything - it's plant city around here," said Lavell Williams, manager of the Detroit record store Record Time, which was recently forced to close its second location. "It's not only people working at Ford, Chrysler and GM but engineers, people who work in salons, in advertising - the only thing not affected is porn."
Joseph Bruce (aka Violent J) of Insane Clown Posse added: "When we came out, let's say it took three days to hit all the music stores in metro Detroit. Today, you could go to all the stores in half a day. There's nobody left.
"My stepdad worked for Chrysler, but Detroit is more than just those big companies; lots of the smaller auto companies packed up and left awhile ago. Used to be those auto jobs were considered the best jobs to have. Now all those people are just like musicians - trying to hang on for dear life."