Author Archives: Bob Lefsetz

Lefsetz: The Definitive Chuck Berry Obit

He was the father of rock and roll… Oh, don’t talk to me about Bill Haley. Boomers were barely conscious at the time “Rock Around The Clock” was a hit, if they were alive at all. And Little Richard and … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Time to Put An End to Hate?

Should we blame the Internet or income inequality – the inability to rise above and get ahead? Every damn day people tell me I’m an asshole online. And let me tell you, if I say something negative about you or your … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Academy Awards / Oscars are for Oldsters

Who cares? How did America’s go-to awards show – the creme de la creme – lose touch with its audience? Let’s start with the movies themselves. Not only is the human touch that built Hollywood purveyed now on television, but … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: End of Days for Apple?

Why don’t they just buy all the record labels? Or Paramount and the rest of the movie studios while they’re at it! That’s the canard we were exposed to again and again and again – that Apple and Spotify, all … Continue reading

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Lefstez: The Reason We have No Protest Music Today

1. Mariah Carey Bob Dylan looked up to Woody Guthrie, today’s nitwits admire Mariah Carey. That’s right, she hit almost three decades ago and dominated the ’90s. And what was her message? Empty hedonism sung by a woman with great pipes. … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Long in the Tooth Super Bowl – Not Gaga – Rocks!

You’re sitting on the couch thinking how much you hate the New England Patriots… How the whole event seems long in the tooth. That the commercials aren’t funny anymore and Lady Gaga is boring. And you’re just letting it play … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Sprint’s Jay Z – Tidal Deal a Joke

Why does everybody have to be a businessman? I get that artists have been ripped off from time immemorial, but the acquisition and promotion of Tidal has proven that when it comes to understanding technology, artists are clueless. However they are greedy. … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Eve of Destruction

I couldn’t watch… People have been sending me notes all day, about Trump’s speech, about the few people in attendance. I lived through the election of Nixon. The ’60s had brought so much positive change, we thought it was impossible to … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Democratic Party Has No Clue

This is a classic case of disruption… And until the Democrats recognize this and change their strategy, they’re doomed. Talking about the popular vote is no different than record labels saying customers preferred CDs in the era of Napster. Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Ringling Brothers Death Sign of the Times

I went at the old Madison Square Garden twice, maybe three times… The last time I finally put my foot down and told my mother I didn’t actually like ballet and wasn’t going to go anymore. Then my father took … Continue reading

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Lefstez: Debbie Reynolds & The Game of Life

The thing about life is it can always get worse… We like to believe God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but do we even believe in God? We believe there’s a master plan, that it all makes … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: This Year’s Lessons

Stuff happens to interrupt your plans… The more you look into the future, the more you’ll be interrupted by the present. Screw being here now, screw mindfulness, just know that life is about unexpected interruptions and the older you get … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Time to Revamp the ‘Lamestream Media’

The people telling us to give Trump a chance are the same overpaid wankers who missed the tsunami that got him elected… The most educated person I’ve ever known was Tony Wilson, majordomo of Factory Records. Want to know more? … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Attacking Trump

It didn’t work then and it won’t work now… Makes me want to give up my membership in the card-carrying elite – the educated members of our society who can hold two opposing thoughts in their brain at the same … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Are the NFL’s Glory Days Behind It?

The story is that the Presidential election is hurting NFL ratings… However the “Walking Dead” won Sunday night. Turns out zombies trump overdeveloped men when they go head to head. This has been a long time coming. That’s the story of … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Lady Gaga Lays an Egg

It’s a stiff… Ignore the sales chart. That’s where hard core fans and kooky-loos go to participate, the store. The action is now in streaming, where we can see right away if anybody is listening. AND THEY’RE NOT! It’s staggering, … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: HBO’s Vice News Tonight —Out With the Old!

It’s all about trust… Shane Smith and his roving group of merrypersons are going to take over the news business, they’re gonna hijack it in plain sight, just like MTV became the music juggernaut. But this is different. Because Vice … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Trump Blows Out Hillary

I can’t remember a thing Hillary Clinton said… We’ve seen this movie before, when Arnold Schwarzenegger ran against Gray Davis – the lovable Terminator/Twin against the career politician/policy wonk. It was no contest, Arnold won. And we went on a misadventure … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Material Signifiers Disappear

First they came for your watch… Next they’re coming for your car. Used to be he who died with the most toys won. Now, ownership is passed  – everything’s on demand. I first realized this 15 years ago, when I noticed … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Death of the E-Book

They’re killing the book business… The old guard – the ones married to paper and indie bookstores, the publishers afraid of big bad Amazon – have achieved their goal; they’ve killed the e-book. That’s right, e-book sales are down by … Continue reading

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