The Price You Pay

There’s a good number of popular musicians biographies that seem to follow the same trends. There’s the chapter about the troubled home life growing up, the chapter about the big break, the chapter about the first marriage going wrong, the chapter about the descent into substance abuse, the chapter about the second marriage going wrong, etc.

One of the recurring themes that stuck out to me is that in the beginning, there’s always someone on the business end of things trying to take advantage of the naive young talent. And while it’s always encouraging to read about these music legends triumphing over their crooked producers, managers and labels in the end, it does create some nauseating curiosity regarding how many musician that we never heard of lost their chance to make it big because of some greedy music industry stiff?

Published by Tommy Link

Tommy Link was born and raised in Erie PA. He began playing guitar at the age of 16, being taught by Claude Braudis at a local music store known as 'World of Music'. Two years later, he began attending Edinboro University of PA, where he started playing out at different local venues. He resides there today, and continues to play around Edinboro and Erie.

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