Introducing The Rock Band Project

Ruth Blatt is a frequent contributor to publications like Forbes (and this site) where she writes about some of the more cerebral aspects of rock and pop.  

She’s just announced the launch of The Rock Band Project.  I’ll let her explain.

The Rock Band Project is about what we can learn from rock bands about teamwork. Rock bands are self-determining creative teams. Members of bands pursue a common goal and depend on each other to achieve that goal. Together, they create music, they perform on stage, they plan tours, they compete with other bands, they make decisions and solve problems together, and they deal with inner conflicts, just like any other work team. And like many teams, they do their work in a changing and unpredictable industry.
I analyze the complex processes that explain why bands stay together (or fall apart), stay creative (or stagnate), thrive in the face of their demons and the band lifestyle (or crash and burn). In my writing I draw lessons their experience to other business teams. I find the parallels extraordinary and know there is a lot we can all learn.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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