Music industry

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French calls the music industry a legal criminal enterprise

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(Hypebot) — Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French has seen the good and bad sides of the music industry and concluded with his usual outspokenness that it’s nothing less than a “criminal enterprise “.

“I’ve survived multiple ODs, I’ve survived multiple near-kills and so yeah…I’m going to take a street person’s knowledge of any academic any day of the week in the business because you learn to make a deal with people in business so I’m going to say that for sure,” the guitarist added.

“And by the way, rock ‘n’ roll, let me be clear, is a criminal enterprise. Record companies are criminals. It’s that simple – they’re just legal criminals. So when you’re in a cesspool of crime, whether it’s obvious crime, in other words, blue collar crime where someone threatens your life with a gun or white collar crime, you have dealing with criminals,” he concluded.

Bruce Houghton is founder and publisher of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and is senior adviser to Bandsintown which acquired both publications in 2019. He is the founder and president of Skyline Artists Agency and a professor at Berklee College Of Music.