My friend David Pakman wrote a great piece on “unbundling” last week, describing how music was unbundled and what that means for media in general. It was timely for me, I’d just included a slide in Wednesday night’s class at UCLA entitled “The Great Unbundling”. I wrote a brief response including that slide plus a couple more (and some stats you might find interesting) over on Topspin’s blog. Check it out, leave a comment, and share it with a friend if it moves ya.
Thanks to the perseverance of Peggy Dold, tonight some of the finest minds in music trivia gathered at Topspin’s Santa Monica office to play a board game from 1983: Rock Trivia. I had this game when I was a kid * (I was born in 1972) and found it almost as hard today as it was when I was 11. The field was tough and included Scott Bauman, Dave DiMartino, Alan Elliott, Jeff Jampol, Bob Lefsetz, and Michael Rosenblatt. Brad Barrish and I held down the low end, not really contenders but they were nice to humor us. We played two rounds and since the teams changed mid-stream there were no clear “winners” though being honest Lefsetz was on both winning teams and I was on both losing teams so you decide who makes the swing. Bauman and DiMartino both knew some very scary shit but Jampol and Rosenblatt hold their own. Alan cursed the overpowering caucasianess of the game but pulled out the final question so he went home happy. Brad and I were just glad to be there.
To memorialize the night I leave you with this playlist of songs referenced by the questions in tonight’s game. Should give you a good sampler of the triviality within. Come on. It’s not a bad playlist.
We hope to do this again. I’m thinking of a tournament of sorts. If you know anyone we *must* add please hit us up and let us know.
Thanks to Alan, Jeff, Scott, Bob, Dave, Michael, and Brad for indulging me. Thanks Peggy for putting it together. Chris Morris — next time dammit. I’ll pick you up.
* Note: I had my original Rock Trivia game until the late 90s, when I gifted it to Bob Mack. I bought another copy on eBay a few years back.