Why Beards Are So Popular in the Indie Music Scene


According to Jack “Skippy” McFadden, head talent buyer at Union Hall and the Bell House, as told to the New York Times: “Beards are like the 2009 version of the anti-guitar solo. In the early ’90s, indie bands like Pavement and Sonic Youth made guitar solos obsolete, it was embarrassing to play something that evoked Whitesnake. Today, beards are a way of hiding behind a certain confidence and saying, ‘Hey, I’m not a clean-shaven, TV-happy, American-Idol type, I’m more a warm cuddly artist who needs to not attract more attention to the fact that, yes, I’m cute, but I’m a little dirty, kinda like it’s 1974.’ Also, do you know how much it costs to shave?” Decent theory, actually, though still a terrible practice. Plenty more in the Q+A about actually important stuff, about where the money from your ticket goes, and why talent buyers are called talent buyers, if you’re interested. [NYT]

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