Band vs. Brand
BAND VS BRAND is a feature length documentary film focusing on the current state of the music business and on how “the brand” of a rock group, in many cases, has more power than the band members themselves.
Featuring interviews from many of the top industry executives and musicians of today, including David Ellefson of the Grammy Award-winning band Megadeth, Jack Russell from Jack Russell’s Great White, Nik Turner and Nicky Garrett from Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Dave Lombardo from Suicidal Tendencies / Slayer, Marc Ferrari from MasterSource/Universal and Keel, manager Adam Parsons (Uriah Heep, Saxon, Europe, Thin Lizzy/BSR), guitarist/singer/songwriter Jean Beauvoir and Mike Varney from Shrapnel Records.
Available on DVD and Streaming (Cleopatra Entertainment)
“When the new millennium began with record companies suing their own customers for peer-to-peer downloading, the graffiti was on the wall. Like the industrial revolution before, the digital age wiped out the multi-billion dollar record business we once thought recession proof and timeless.
“But the music didn’t die, it simply morphed into another dimension as the infrastructure built to filter, foster, package, market and sell it disappeared. Now music exists in an unfiltered internet ocean requiring navigational tools like Spotify and Pandora. And the vestiges of past record companies, co-opted into entertainment conglomerates, now create brands instead of artists, with commercials, soundtracks, and albums produced, not for the music, but to sell the brand.”
—Lenny Kalikow, Author of “Sex, No Drugs & Rock’N’Roll: Memoirs Of A Music Junkie”