Someone sent me this recently and I thought it was very interesting.
While I agree with the sentiment here, it's not the whole picture. We have a whole bunch of kids for whom Pop Idol, American Idol, The Voice or X Factor or whatever it is is NOT where it's at and this weekend we're proud to play our part in a whole load of them taking to the stage at the Hertford Corn Exchange to prove the future of music is alive and well!
I have taken the liberty of taking out the swearing, I'm sure he wouldn't mind..
"When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, "Oh, OK, that's how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight ******* hours with 800 people at a convention center and... then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it's not ******* good enough." Can you imagine?" he implores. "It's destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy and old ******** drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they'll suck, too. And then they'll ******** start playing and they'll have the best time they've ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they'll become Nirvana. Because that's exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some ****** old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass ****, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don't need a ******* computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol."