Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer who documents rock and roll, baseball and urban life. She is the author of the novels "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" and "A Whole New Ballgame." She has written for the Guardian, Billboard, Salon, Men's Journal, Vulture, NPR, The AV Club, the Village Voice and ...
Chris Cornell was a galvanizing singer, whether solo; with Soundgarden or Temple of the Dog or Audioslave; or on any of his many guest appearances. The albums and songs were great, but they pale compared to the spectacle of his live performance. In the early days he was shirtless, hair-flailing, stomping around the stage in army boots, climbing lighting rigs and and crowd-surfing with gusto.
“Are you ready to gamble your car? Are you ready to gamble your house? Are you ready to gamble the American dream?” Bono asked the audience in September 2016, when U2 appeared for the first time in almost a year as part of the IHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas. Opening with a remixed version of “Desire,” all was business as usual until the bridge, when the visage of Donald Trump appeared on a large video screen above the band.
The internet has brought so much to musicians—both good and bad. It has fundamentally changed how we listen to, sell, discover, and promote music. It blew up the record industry, on one hand, and it has developed crucial tools that help musicians—like CASH Music!—on the other. Being a musician has fundamentally influenced how I use it and which websites I visit. My band Bucket uses the internet to sell, stream, distribute, and promote our music digitally.