Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French called the music industry a “criminal enterprise” and compared it directly to drug trafficking.
French, who also led the group, said he would not object to the suggestion that dealers know more about business transactions than the people who teach the process at university.
“I survived the multiple ODs, I survived the multiple almost murders,” he told interviewer Dean Cramer in a recent chat. “I’ll take street knowledge on any academic any day of the week in business, because you learn how to make a deal with people in business. … By the way, rock ‘n’ roll, let me be clear, is a criminal enterprise. Record companies are criminals. It’s simple, that’s it. They are just legal criminals.
“So when you’re in the cesspool of crime, whether it’s obvious crime…whether it’s blue-collar crime, where someone threatens your life with a gun, or white collar crime, you’re dealing with criminals. You’re dealing with sleazy, thugs, lies. You don’t believe that shit because everybody lies. You’re nice you have to get used to it. .
You can watch the interview below.
Last year, French’s bandmate Dee Snider said they hadn’t received any royalties for their work until 1998, and even then the payments were a “joke”.
“In order to reunite the band, the label wrote off our debt,” he explained. “That was 1997. The band had been apart for 10 years, we had sold tens of millions of records, and we hadn’t gotten a royalty check. … The ones we should have had [for] those big ones, we never had. In 2001 Napster came out, so a few years later people stopped buying records.
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