Where Thieves and Pimps Run Free

I originally heard this famous quote applied to the radio business back in the 80’s. It seem to fit then, and in many ways fits just as much 30 years later.


“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

 The phrase that seems to fit just about every business. Feel free (as many have), to apply it to your own profession:

  • TV
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Retail
  • Social Media (yeah, I went there…2011 is going to be really interesting I suspect.)


The original quote is most often credited to Hunter S. Thompson, the “Father of Gonzo Journalism”, although sources and opinions vary. 

As we move into 2011, a brand new year full of opportunity, optimism, perhaps a little fear…a chance to hit the reset button or build on the current base (pick an analogy), ask yourself a some questions:

  • Which will you choose to be – thief, pimp, or good man? 
  • Will you stay in the hallway and do battle? 
  • Is the money really worth the stress and scars?
  • How will you survive? 
  • Are you prepared and trained for that? 
  • If so, how will you rise above and be victorious?
  • Is the pain of staying greater than the pain of leaving?

Or, will you find the EXIT sign for a better, less risky and chaotic opportunity for the life or career you want?

No right answer. No wrong one. It’s your journey.

Just curious. Just sayin’.

Happy New Year.