Recently, I wrote about summer rock camps and I've been scouting the web for information. I found a rant regarding a rock music camp from an older, experienced rocker on his blog, http://bret.workshed.com/. Since this whole industry is new to me, I asked him what should young kids do if camps are not right. Like thoughtful bloggers everywhere, he posted a long and detailed post that explained his thinking. In short, he said that the camp was a musical theme park and didn't accurately depict the nitty gritty (and dirty) music industry. (Please read the whole thing.)
He also wanted to make sure that my daughter liked music versus the music industry and linked to a frightening article that everyone should read. He says:
A GREAT article dealing with the reality of the industry is noted recording engineer, Steve Albini's, "The Problem with Music." This article goes into great detail explaining how major labels exploit and ultimately ruin many of the artists they sign. Its free to read and worth much more than a week at a rock and roll camp.
Now, at this point, RockStar daughter isn't at the point of being signed -- so this will be used for future reference (we hope), but I will be watching to see if she thinks it was hard work or a theme park when she comes back...
I also think that the music industry is currently in flux, that it has to change, become more transparent, because with the advent of the web, individuals can do so much more. It will be interesting to watch what happens.
Update: Daughter went to the camp. I'm writing the review from the parent's perspective now.