"What this really is, is a simple political issue: a labor issue. It should be possible for a working musician to support a household without having to tour twelve months out of the year"
Why? I mean, that'd be nice, but who else has that "right"?
Very enjoyable read. A few comments:
1. I've never been called eye-popping, but I like it. Thank you.
2. Slight misinterpretation on my comment there, as I was referring to MUSICAL artists, not artists in general. I could've been more clear there. That being said, while I WAS only referring to musical artist, you will see that for five out of the six artists you mentioned what I said still goes. ;) Those artists all had patrons who paid their way for years, sometimes decades, before they started making their own money.
3. Thanks to my painter grandfather and photographer/sculptor father I am intimately familiar with the artists mentioned, and am fortunate enough to have seen their work in person. It's wonderful.