Giving Life (or Death) to Rock n’ Roll

Since the advent of modern Rock n’ Roll in the mid 20th century, many artists have lyricized about its life, death, personification, or living/dying attributes. Like any living being, Rock has evolved (or devolved) over the course of its existence, however, as Mark Twain once quipped, rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Here’s a quick survey of popular music referencing the life, death, or personification of Rock n’ Roll.

Rock n’ Roll is Dead – Lenny Kravitz (1995)
Heart of Rock n’ Roll (is still beating) – Huey Lewis & the News (1983)
You Can’t Kill Rock n’ Roll – Ozzy Osbourne (1982)
Long Live Rock n’ Roll – Rainbow (1978)
Rock is Dead – Long Live Rock – The Who (1974)
Rock is Dead – Marilyn Manson (1999)

“Hey, hey. My, my. Rock and Roll will never die.” ~ Hey hey. My my (Out of the blue) – Neal Young (1979)

How to Stand in Line in a Manner That Advances Civilized Society

Example 1:

Quite frequently, I visit a certain Dunkin Donuts location and a certain TD Bank branch. Neither of them have chosen to use ropes and posts to guide people into an orderly line. The result is quite confusing.

While the person in front of me is fiddling on their smart phone, comfortably out of body odor range of the person ahead of them, I am usually standing with my heels touching the barely closed door of the establishment.

If someone comes in behind me, it makes me look like the obstruction.

If only we, as humans, were able to stand within 1 foot of each other in such lines, we could avoid this scenario and all fit indoors in an orderly fashion.line spacing people


Prescribed remedy: Unless the person in front of you is farting or visibly intoxicated, stand no more than an arms length away.



Example 2:

This happens frequently in Concord. I’ll be at a stop light or stop sign – or even a drive through – and the person in front of me leaves and excessive gap between their car and the car in front of them, quite frequently causing some unnecessary blocking of traffic, intersections, or preventing me from reaching the drive through ordering menu.line spacing cars


Prescribed remedy: Unless the vehicle in front of you is giving off excessive emissions or the driver visibly intoxicated, stop no more than 1/2 car length behind them.

Potato Salad Kickstarter Shows the Power, Ridiculousness of Virality

As of the time this post is published, the Potato Salad Kickstarter campaign has $58,970 in pledges from nearly 5000 backers.

We can only assume that this whole thing was started as a joke. Why would anyone take the time to go online to raise $10 (or whatever it was) to solicit crowdfunds to  make potato salad?

As with any shock/funny/unusual thing on the internet, media interest ensued. Now from coast to coast, this guy is getting free advertising, which in turn is increasing the number of backers and the amount of pledges.

There are now entire television shows devoted to showcasing the strange (and free) content on the web, including stories like this, but also encompassing what public figures are saying on twitter about it.

Are we that fickle that we care more about the unusualness of a potato salad crowfunding campaign than raising $50k for a local food bank? Yes. But for the marketeers of America, this is a valuable lesson. If you can figure out the formula for getting this type of unpaid media attention, you deserve every dollar your clients are willing to pay. If you are an average joe with a unique idea, you’ve just got to cross your fingers that your idea takes off. Having a dumb/intriguing internet video/post might just be your key to success, whether you deserve it or not.