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Jim DeRogatis Continues Assault On Lollapalooza, Accuses Concert Of Signing Good Deal

Though Jon Spencer thought Jim DeRogatis was getting personal with him, the columnist might just have a thing with Lollapalooza. In his latest salvo against what he calls "the musical Walmart on the lake," DeRogatis asserts that despite the million dollar a year donative provided by Lollapalooza for improvements to area parks, the city is getting a bad deal. The long term deal signed to keep the concert in Chicago through 2018 exempts promoters from paying the taxes other entertainment events would be charged. DeRogatis says that, given the city's budget crisis, the city should seek to collect a more fair share of the revenue. What he might not realize is that people can learn to live without trash pick-up and teachers, but denying them three days of accessible alternative music would lead to riots in the streets. [The Daily Swarm]

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DeRo has always been miserable at Lollapalooza. You could tell that he felt relieved that this was the first year he wasn't forced to cover it since he left the Sun-Times. He makes a lot of valid points about how the fest runs business though. It pretty much cripples a lot of the local music venues for the summer.

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He's not exactly wrong, even if he approaches the issue coarsely.

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I've chatted with him multiple times at Lollapalooza. Though I'm sure a lot of it is just his personality, he makes a point of mentioning how much he hates pretty much everything. He just sort of sulks in the press area.

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