The band is now 1/4 of the way through its contract, has made the music industry more than 3 million dollars richer, but is in the hole $14,000 on royalties. The band members have each earned about 1/3 as much as they would working at a 7-11, but they got to ride in a tour bus for a month. The next album will be about the same, except that the record company will insist they spend more time and money on it. Since the previous one never “recouped,” the band will have no leverage, and will oblige. The next tour will be about the same, except the merchandising advance will have already been paid, and the band, strangely enough, won’t have earned any royalties from their T-shirts yet. Maybe the T-shirt guys have figured out how to count money like record company guys. Some of your friends are probably already this fucked.
'Depression Breadline' was cast in bronze at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in 1999. The five male figures lined up by the wall on the sculpture pad represent a scene from the Great Depression, a period of economic hardship during which many people were in need of government assistance to survive. The original sculpture was made in 1991 from plaster, wood, metal, and acrylic paint--it is from this original sculpture that a mold was made for casting. The sculpture in the park is the second in an intended edition of seven. The first edition of the sculpture is on view in Washington, . at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial--a tribute to the president who held office during this era in America's history and whose policies helped move the country out of an economic decline towards prosperity.