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Bob Lefsetz

Taylor: Swift Boat or Love Boat

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.

So Your Kid Wants to Write Songs

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

When parents ask me how they can help their child be a songwriter, I pause. I don't want to hurt their feelings. Sometimes I'm afraid to tell them what I think. It may not be what they want to hear.

Paris Nights, Soul Fighting and Foot Excitement: Conversations with Christopher Cross, Jonny Lang and Tommy Keene

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"People say that the internet democratized music, which it did in that it allows people to make records without getting the hallowed record deal, because you have all these home studios and stuff. The problem is marketing yourself."

Not the Lefsetz Letter

Seth Hurwitz | Posted 03.29.2013 | Entertainment
Seth Hurwitz

Whether it's Rebecca Black's "Friday," or that OK Go video with the treadmills, or Taylor Swift's gaudy parade of tabloid heartbreaks, fans just need the connection. Does your song capture the sweeping terror and fragile brevity of human experience?

Who Really Made CBGB Cool?

The Huffington Post | Michael Hogan | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment

Who's responsible for turning CBGB's into the petri dish that unleashed punk rock onto the world? It's long been known that the idea didn't origina...

Karmin Holds the Music Business Hostage

Jason Schmitt | Posted 07.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jason Schmitt

The ability for bands like Karmin to create, promote, and reap the awards of good artistry prior to a major label contract helps to illuminate just how far and fast the music business game has changed.

How To Take Criticism: Taylor Swift vs. Bob Lefsetz

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ruth Gerson

I have been stung like Swift. It's never fun. But the more experience you have with it, and the less you care about what some guy thinks of your work, the more you learn to save your energy for what is important.

Bob Lefsetz: Music World's Nikki Finke?

New York Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Meet the most influential man you've never heard of. Bob Lefsetz, a 56-year-old blogger, is to music what Nikki Finke is to Hollywood -- a reclusiv...