Originally Posted by SDW2001
So....you're blaming her death on....the music industry?
I disagree it's the industry, the labels, etc. I think you may have watched Get Him to the Greek a few too many times.
I think it's more about not being able to handle fame in general and the old saying: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll.
I'm not directly blaming her death on the industry pre se. *BUT* the record biz is well known for turning a blind eye to substance abuse amongst signed acts. It seems very strange, that in these days of obsessive drug testing, the entertainment industry remains mutely accepting of the issue. In the end, of course, it was Amy who was responsible for her own fate, but she undoubtedly was amongst company that did not act in *her* interest, either via ignorance or a "don't give a shit" attitude.
Considering that entertainers of all varieties (actors, musicians, comedians etc) are those who garner the greatest public visibility, even more so than (most) politicians, especially influential amongst the relatively impressionable youth, it seems odd that their tacit, yet often highly visible endorsement, via the media, of addictive, toxic and dangerous substances is a non-issue, especially when there is supposedly a "war on drugs" going on. For other highly visible stars, such as top athletes, drugs are, for the public, a no-no.
Even though I support neither the "war on drugs" nor employee testing (with obvious exceptions, such as those who drive/fly professionally), the drug-fest that is embedded within the entertainment industry is one of the biggest factors that keeps the false "coolness"/"rebellious"/"lets party"/"good times" etc. etc. image of drugs alive in the minds of kids. One could argue that here might be a principle factor in keeping the demand for intoxicants sky-high... as well as peer pressure. Education re. the effects of drugs (especially narcotics) is almost non existent...
It seems strange that record execs don't fire
artists who keep getting strung-out and fvcked up, knowing that there are *thousands* of incredibly talented kids out there who would give their proverbial left arm to sing/play/act professionally, without all the chemical baggage. Also, it is well known that intoxication does NOT enhance either performance or creativity... quite the converse. To quote from a well-known musician's blog:
Playing under the influence actually makes it harder. Friends don’t let friends drink and jam. Not to be prudish (I dare you to keep up with me after my set is finished), but if you’ve spent a lot of time honing your skills, there’s just no way you’re going to perform as well if you're 'rat-faced' as you would straight. If you have any doubt, record yourself the next time you have one of those chemically induced moments of brilliance at 2:00 a.m., and see how it sounds after coffee clears the cobwebs in the morning.
George Martin, producer of the Beatles, had words in this article about the industry and intoxicants.And, never a truer word was spoken in jest.