is a fascinating documentary set during the time of the evil reign of . You see, Nic was determined to control every aspect of Romanians lives. They would conform…or else. Nic’s was brutal.
When hard-line Stalinists say you’re brutal, then you’re a bad dude. Even by Soviet standards, Nico was over-the-top violent, savage, and massively repressive. Romania and her citizens suffered for years; many died for horrible crimes against the State, such as being Jewish, or creative and smart.
Ceausescu knew that many of his loyal and elite staff, including his own son, were watching American films. Let them have their little fun, he thought, those American films can’t hurt me. After all, America is decadent and weak, and we are moral and strong.
So convinced Ceausescu was of their loyalty, it never dawned on him that these films were bootlegged. Which meant that others besides his staff were watching them. But the citizens of the country were watching…and their children…and they were learning valuable lessons. So, when Ceausescu went from horrible to worse, the citizens rose up as one, and took to the streets.
They did that because– and this is what Romanian citizens say in the documentary — the films showed them what strong people did against evil. Those films became the direct reason for Ceausescu’s rapid — just about overnight — downfall.
These are the very same lessons being learned by songwriters, DIY/Indie artists, and small publishers and labels, as well as others who are reinventing the business on the technology side and which will lead to the downfall of the music business as we know it — and its successful reemergence.
: Digital aggregators who are playing fast and loose with copyright and interfering with distribution of rightfully earned royalties, the major music publishers and major labels who must still be mobbed up, the streamers in whatever form they take from day to day and who make backroom deals with the publishers and labels, and who — in their wisdom, of course — are destroying rightfully owned property and replacing it with their own.
The willing staff are: Performing rights organizations who have forgotten who their real customer is, retail sales reporting portals which determine charting positions and make it nigh on impossible to report, and other tracking agencies too numerous to name but who also only have tracking solution available to deep pockets.
Here are the lessons that Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and even Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze taught Romanian citizens and, by extension today, the creator-in-the-street.
One: A dictator will rule only as long as the people allow.
Two: When a dictator loads that last piece of straw on their backs, the people will cut him off and no amount of force can stop them from kicking him to the curb.
Three: True friends are willing to fight — even die — to protect friends when a dictator is gunning for them.
Four: During a dictator’s rule, there are those who are actively working to support and protect fellow citizens while bringing them goods and services that feed their minds and bodies.
Five: During a dictator’s rule is when the seeds are planted for a better way of ruling.
Six: During a dictator’s rule is when the citizens stop asking for permission to live.
If you read the links embedded above in the article, you will already have seen how all these lessons apply to the music business today. If you are a songwriter or a DIY/Indie artist, I would love to hear your thoughts on this as well. Please email me at .