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In this edition of Chatter That Matters, Chapman and Lefsetz chat about music, technology, government and cultural drivers through the decades. Unapologetically honest and heartily brash, Lefsetz shares his experiences, insights and opinions on the state of the music industry and the world today.

“Taylor Swift wrote a song titled Mean about a scathing review Bob Lefsetz wrote about her Grammy Awards performance. Kid Rock and Bob have had a public feud, and he almost came to blows with Gene Simmons at the Canadian Music Awards. So why is Bob Lefsetz on this week’s Chatter That Matters?

For the past 35 years, Bob Lefsetz has written the Lefsetz Letter, which is read by tens of thousands of people, including giants in the music and culture space — artists to executives and everyone in between. Most, myself included, find his writing to be authentic, irreverent and often boisterous. Bob Lefsetz is beholden to no one.” – Tony Chapman

In this edition of Chatter That Matters, Tony Chapman speaks with Bob Lefsetz, a music industry guru and decades-long writer of the Lefsetz Letter — his independently produced email newsletter that features his irreverent take on music (primarily), as well as culture, politics and technology.

As a music business insider who prides himself on being highly informed and staying ahead of changes, Lefsetz chats with Chapman about the origination of his newsletter, the reign of disinformation, the domination of Amazon and Google, the future of cryptocurrency and the defining characteristic of greatness. “Good isn’t good enough,” he says. “People who are great don’t fit in — they are unique, they have a calling. In the music business, the giants, with a few exceptions, are the weirdos and the oddballs who think differently and work hard to make their ideas happen.”

A proponent of “paying your dues” and a harsh critic of shortcuts, Lefsetz’s is a voice that commands attention, whatever the topic.

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