I have been having a discussion with some acquaintances and friends about the valuation of artists in our society. Basically, my take is that art has virtually no value to American society as a whole if we are to judge by the incomes and respect artists command. It is not considered real work and when an artist does make it people do and say things that lead to the writing of songs like “Money for Nothing,” by Dire Straits. You know, the one where blue collar workers shake their heads in envy and proclaim “You Get Your Money for Nothing and Your Chicks for Free.”
Every artist knows this is a ridiculous assessment of their lot. The vast majority make very little money with their art and without the stardom I suspect their ability to have lots of sex with lots of different partners is little better than the blue collar workers who envy them. And then of course there is the incredibly hard work, yes work, that any artist with national/international attention has had to do and continues to have to do to make their art and feed the fan machine.