Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Thinks Music Biz Is Full Of “Poseurs,” Not Surprised Lana Del Rey Crashed And Burned

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Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

With all the new band hype going on, the barbecues, and the massive parties, a person can forget that South by Southwest in Austin is not just about bands, ‘cue, and booze. Well, a tiny percentage of it is not.

[pullquote quote="Don't call it rock and roll. I was part of a generation that changed the world - and it was taken over by poseurs."]There’s all the interactive/internet portion of SXSW that’s held before the music festival and if there was ever a perfect crossover, it’s the “The End Of Business As Usual” panel author Brian Solis did with none other than Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins.

Solis’ book, with a title of the same name, and the contents wherein, were the main topic of conversation during the panel, but apparently Corgan threw in some provocative zingers like comparing new artists to strippers, saying that new rock ‘n roll was taken over by “poseurs,” and stating that he wasn’t surprised that Lana Del Rey “crashed and burned.”


[pullquote quote="Don't call it rock and roll...I was part of a generation that changed the world - and it was taken over by poseurs."]Corgan, who’s still working on the gradual release of his planned 44-track musical opus Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, had his own opinion on the artistry of fame.

“[Artists that break through now] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal,” Corgan said,” You’re just the fresh stripper.”

Corgan did admit to knowing that he was just a part of the system–even in his day.

“I knew I was being exploited,” claimed the musician. “But there was a Faustian bargain to be made.”

He commented on Lana Del Rey’s “exploitation” as well and her performance on Saturday Night Live.

“It doesn’t surprise me that she crashed and burned, because she wasn’t ready for it,” he said. “I didn’t think it was that bad.”

Billboard said that “if there was an overarching theme, though, it’s that both musicians and technology are feeding the mentality that fame is what should be hoped for, leaving artistry in its wake.”

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

Despite all his rage, Corgan is still just a “tech pioneer” caged in by the media misquoting him. Oh, technology.

[Source: Billboard]

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