ripEven though we live in an age of perpetual change, re-adjustment, advancement and technological wonders, one thing stays wonderfully fixed, stable and set in concrete. And that is that any artistic endeavour is only fully rewarded and recognised when the creator is fully dead and buried. There has even been a phrase coined to describe this.

It’s called a ‘Roy Orbison Career Move’. Why? Because poor old Roy, was good. In fact I think he had the most wonderful voice. However the world really only caught on and started spending money on his recordings after he died. He joined a long list of artists who earned more money in the year after they died than during their whole career.

Elvis achieved this feat in only a few months! I recently witnessed the Michael Jackson marketing department move into full swing a few seconds after the poor darling dropped dead. What about painters. I’m sure Vincent Van Gogh would never have dreamed of the money one of his paintings is worth today. Picasso gave away many of his works that are now priceless.

Andy Warhol had a small cult following. Until he up and expired. Hemingway has probably sold more books in the last decade than he saw sold in his lifetime. Or is he now one of those lucky authors whose copyright has expired and now has his volumes available for free on the internet in a e-book format? So if you seek fame or fortune, or both.

The best thing you can do obviously, is drop dead! You won’t know anything about it, but your offspring and marketers will be very happy with your passing.

Worth More Dead
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5 thoughts on “Worth More Dead

  • 06/02/2010 at 7:11 pm

    Dont you think, that sadly this is true to relationships too, you realise often too late,just how much someone meant to you in life, making that relationship priceless.
    I know I am worth more dead so I am avoiding telling the kids in case they get an ideas :)

  • 06/02/2010 at 7:36 pm

    So true ! It is the way of human nature to appreciate one after they have passed. Even the nastiest people are sometimes revered.
    On the upside, Isn't that where the word legacy comes to play ?
    Leaving a mark on your family friends or fans in any walk of life,whether you are a rocket scientist or a ditch digger is most important.

  • 06/02/2010 at 8:12 pm

    But, on the other hand, all those pseudoartists thriving on publicity alone, are soon forgotten once they stop blowing their own horn. So, there is some poetic justice after all. The only shame is, when a true genius does not get recognised either during their lifetime or after demise, timely or otherwise..

  • 07/02/2010 at 5:37 pm

    Sounds like the best thing to do is fake your own death, wait for a few months for a box set of all of your CD's are released and then come back and say, "SURPRISE!"

  • 12/02/2010 at 1:49 pm

    I've been checking out local undertakers! Looking at increasing my public profile.

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