Player or poseur?

Andrew Mason of Groupon circa 2013

During the time that Elon Musk either worked  or lived in Palo Alto, I have lived and worked here, too. Though my father and grandfather both worked in the auto industry, I’ve spent 26 years in the music business, after 3 years as a reporter and six years as a copywriter. I’d estimate i have stopped and listened to buskers, here on University Avenue, or on Emerson near Whole Foods, 500 times. I’ve probably put a buck in their tip jars 200 times, maybe $1,000 total, plus I’ve paid people 20 times or more to busk, a union service wage $100 or so, sometimes more, especially at Lytton Plaza. I doubt Elon Musk on his way to his multi-billions ever heard their music or spread the love. Steve Jobs, only slightly better. Tim Westergren, probably worse: he stole his music. 
What the fuck are you talking about?
Mark Weiss 
In Palo Alto
PS if Roger McNamee says we were “Zooked”, why does he does he post his livestreams on Facebook?
The only tech guy who wasn’t a poseur apropos of music is the one who was Steve Albini’s intern and married a poet. 

edot to ad: this is actually text of a note to Bruce Lefsetz, the music ex blogger. it turns outthat Elon Musk has a vanity project: On March 30, 2019, Musk released a rap track, “RIP Harambe”, on SoundCloud under the name “Emo G Records”.[246] The track was performed by Yung Jake, written by Yung Jake and Caroline Polachek, and produced by BloodPop.[247][248] On January 30, 2020, Musk released an EDM track, “Don’t Doubt Ur Vibe”, featuring his own lyrics and vocals.[249] While Guardian critic Alexi Petridis described it as “indistinguishable… from umpteen competent but unthrilling bits of bedroom electronica posted elsewhere on Soundcloud”,[250] TechCrunch said it was “not a bad representation of the genre”.[249]

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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