Title: If you ain’t stiff, you ain’t worth a fuck
Contributor: Dave Robinson, Co-Founder of Stiff Records, Former President of Island RecordsKey Questions:
- Why is it misguided to depend solely upon an academic program and/or life experiences to develop one’s career?
- What are the relationships between one’s environment and one’s achieved level of success?
- How does Robinson’s career mirror Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction?
- – Related SFL podcasts: MU03
- – Educational Technology Research & Development article: Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction
- – The Chronicle of Higher Education article: Maybe Experience Realy Can be the Best Teacher”
- – Wiki Article: Barney Bubbles
- – Wiki Article: The Damned
- – Wiki Article: Elvis Costello
- – Wiki Article: Eggs over Easy
- – Wiki Article: Pub Rock (UK)
- – Wiki Article: Jake Riviera
- – Wiki Article: Stiff Records
- – BBC History of Stiff Records: If It Ain’t Stiff: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
- – CD box set: The Big Stiff Box Set: Various Artists
- – Book: A Howlin’ Wind: Pub Rock and the Birth of New Wave
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- Life-long learning is key to success -
- Merrill's First Principles of Instruction explained.- Boy, is it explained. Free goes on and on and on. Pretty crazy.
- Dave Robinson's bio- photographer, manager, club owner, founder of label to issue first punk record, released Legend - highest selling reggae release of all time and more. Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Damned, Elvis Costello, U2, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Slayer to name just a few.
- Question #1: How did you get started?
- Having a bit of a knack with electricity- Camera plus electrical knowledge was just a small part of his start. Ambition and creativity was key.
- Recognizing the Merrill's principles at work in Dave Robinson's initial work- Opportunities have to be sought out and siezed, not ignored and squandered. In business, success should be measured outside of money, just like in academic, success should be measured outside of grades.
- Question #2: How did your environment impact your early career?
- From models to the ass of a cow- Your prior experiences can come together and push you toward success in areas that you have never thought possible. You must keep an open mind and work hard even when you have no idea what you are doing. It is the only way to truly learn how to thrive.
- Constant learning is the key- It's clear Robinson's ethos should be emulated today. Free rants a bit more, but he brings up a good point about focusing upon manageable, concrete tasks.
- The fourth principle- Your failures, as well as the failures of others, can lead you to your greatest successes. Embrace them. Learn from them. Grow.
- The birth and development of pub rock- If you want to be part of a scene or movement, get off your ass and make it on your own.
- No opportunity should be missed- Sustained success requires sustained learning which requires sustained mistakes.
- The third principle- Free brings up the notion of
- Starting a label- Robinson views the music industry as lazy and did not treat artists properly so he decided to take matters into his own hands.
- Stiff Artists- Anti-style lead to Stiff movement.
- Stiff staff
- The legacy of Stiff Records
- Breaking rules for the right reasons
MU02 Chapter Titles
- Chapter 1: Academic rants
- Chapter 2: The art of making it - Robinson's early career.
- Chapter 3: Pub rock and Stiff Records - Robinson takes control of his environment.
- Chapter 4: Side notes and teasers.
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