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Billy Corgan Calls New Artists “Strippers,” Rants About “Posers”


If you’re an artist breaking through to a bigger audience right or just an artist starting out, chances are you might not give two fucks about what Billy Corgan might think about you. But seeing how he’s remaining relevant these days through various means — including a lengthy self-release of a new Smashing Pumpkins project — he still gets the chance to shit all over anyone and everyone in the music business.

And he did exactly that yesterday during a speaking engagement at South by Southwest on the book The End of Business As Usual. Most specifically, he didn’t mince words when it came to acts getting their start in the biz today [via Billboard]:

“[Artists that break through now] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal,” he said. “Not to be respected – not to be dangerous.” He compared breakthrough artists to prostitutes, saying, “[once you make that deal] you’re just the fresh stripper.” 

“Don’t call it rock and roll,” Corgan said. “I was part of a generation that changed the world – and it was taken over by posers.”

Oof. What do you all think about this? Does he have a point or is he just getting more out of touch?