What's the deal with musician's salaries? We haven't received a cost of living increase since the beginning of the 20th century. (thank you, TR!) The few times I have had the nerve to ask a club owner for a raise I've been made to feel like Oliver Twist. More?!!
My favorite was 25 years ago - I had this gig in the East Village -- the place was called Princess Pamela's Little Kitchen. Pamela weighed in at about 250 and was a surly blues singer who verbally abused her customers, but since it was the '80s the yuppies who came there loved it. They were like, "Thank you maam, may I have another?"
But I digress. The gig paid $20.00 but since it was 1985 that actually paid for 21 rides on the MTA. I had recently moved to Brooklyn and the commute was considerably longer so I had this idea to ask for a raise. A $5.00 raise. I had to go through channels and I asked the bass player, who was the boyfriend of Pamela. "Let me get back to you on that," he told me after our gig.
Three days later I get a call from him: "We're not working this week." In reality however, it was just me who was not working. That was how they fired me!
But I have since gone on to bigger and better pastures, increasing my average salary by as much as five fold. What a country!
That's it for post number one. Leave me a comment and let me know you're out there and in return I'll keep on supplying you with scintillating content. Good day
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May 7, 2012 12:03 PM PDT
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April 17, 2012 05:16 PM PDT
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