My Human Geography class is studying culture right now. Specifically the difference between popular and folk. As I was preparing for that, I remember watching this Charlie Rose interview with Jack Black.
Black makes a couple of important points:
Paramount was only interested in selling furniture (they didn’t care about the music)
They would put anyone in front of the microphone if they thought they could sell 10 records
They exposed the greater United States to a whole bunch of different kinds of music that would have long-lasting cultural impacts.
It reminds me of Gary Vee’s post about depth. As Jack Black says, “Each of these people – women and minorities – are getting to tell their stories in their own voice.”
Here’s the Spotify list that will give you a portion of the Paramount period.