No one is disputing the fact that drugs and similar chemical influences have helped create some of the most important music of the last 100 years. Most likely the story of drugs and music goes back even further.
When it comes to running a major label with millions of dollars to manage, having a green day everyday probably isn’t the best idea. This lesson was learned by Amanda Ghost, the recently departed head of Epic Music.
It was commonly known among Epic and Columbia employees from all ranks that Ghost was a more than casual marijuana smoker who would regularly light up in her office and admonish so-called creatives who didn’t partake.
“Her motto was, ‘If you don’t smoke pot, you can’t work here,’ ” one former staffer says. “In her A&R meetings, she’d say things like, ‘If you’re not high, like, how do you like music?’… (The Hollywood Reporter)
It reads more like a songwriter’s dream then nightmare, and after reading her tale I think she deserves more credit, as she was essentially doomed from the beginning. Does anyone want to run a huge label when the bottom line is always the most important thing? Nobody nurtures talent anymore, not even hit songwriter record executives.
Three cheers for the death of a paradigm!!
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