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Re: “Much ado about running

I'm very disappointed in the way this article simultaneously sugar-coats the Rock & Roll Marathon's submission process, and pulls the most inflammatory quotes from my blog to distort and overly simplify my nuanced position. It makes me sound like little more than a bitter musician who feels artists who play for free are somehow less worthy than those who support themselves through paid gigs. Artists should be able to donate their time and talent - just not at the expense of others who cannot afford to. My entire point can be easily understood by reading this in totality: http://wickedmessenger.com/post/8701262813/running-down-a-dream I am not anti-charity, nor anti-Rock & Roll Marathon. I am PRO-FAIRNESS. What's fair is a standardized fee for all 40 acts along this route. Then, the ONLY selection criteria would be musical suitability and quality. This eliminates the appearance of inequality that colors the current process. Diverting just $1.50 from what each runner's ALREADY paid equals less than FOUR CENTS per act per runner, but totals about $560 per act - fair compensation for taking off work, hauling gear, playing for hours outdoors and providing a PA system. Any act who wished to donate all or part of their fee directly to the charities could still do so! Why won't the Rock & Roll Marathon organizers agree to something so simple? The only possible answer is that they're too stingy, and fear this idea would spread to all their other events, quickly eroding the international pool of talented artists to taken advantage of. - Jim Reed p.s. My views are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of any fellow bandmates. It is unfair to attach them to this article without their consent and I ask that such a reference kindly be removed. Thanks.

Posted by Jim Reed on 08/23/2011 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Response to booking agent letter

There's no reason to be snippy or personal, Mr. Perry, as I was not towards you in my response to your letter. You seem to have misunderstood some of the positions I espoused in my response. To clarify, I did not assume anything about you other than that you are well-known as a talented, veteran area musician. I also did not mean to infer you were "in need of greater success," but rather that it stands to reason that by hiring a respected booking agent and making a concerted effort to be as friendly as possible to employees of such venues, ANY local entertainer (yourself included) would likely increase their professional stature and earn repeat engagements. I agree that some sort of "merit system" or hierarchy among local acts is key to raising not only artistic standards, but pay for those acts which reliably draw and maintain crowds. Unfortunately, the demand and infrastructure required for such a major shift in how this market operates would seem to be lacking at the present. I applaud your gumption and efforts to bring these issues to light via your initial letter, and it was not my goal to "shoot your example full of holes." However, some of your points were painted in very broad brushstrokes - which I feared would give readers unfamiliar with such situations a less than accurate understanding of the matters at hand. I hope this makes sense, and wish you continued acclaim and good fortune. -- Jim Reed, WickedMessenger.com

Posted by Jim Reed on 05/05/2011 at 2:44 AM

Re: “Lori's story

Thanks for a nice piece on Lori and her tragic situation. As a longtime participant in the local music scene who's gigged in many of the same venues as Rhythm Riot for years now, I can say without a doubt that Lori's infectious and ribald personality helped establish that group as one of this area's most popular and memorable cover bands in recent memory. The Magic Rocks are very excited to be able to take part in this city-wide benefit to help defray Lori's astronomical medical expenses - and we encourage everyone who appreciates the joy that local musicians bring to Savannah on a weekly basis to come out that night, hear some great music and donate whatever they can afford to help a talented neighbor who's truly in need. - Jim Reed (drummer, The Magic Rocks)

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Posted by Jim Reed on 06/15/2010 at 4:32 PM

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