Now We’re Supposed To Feel Bad For The A&R Man, Too?

From an interesting article in The Economist about the decline of A&R (http://www.economist.com/node/21533423):

David Joseph, who runs the British arm of Universal Music, says A&R men used to be alchemists, discovering base talent and turning it into gold. “They made dreams come true,” he says.

But now:

Ritch Esra, publisher of the A&R Registry, calculates that of the 50 British and North American executives who left their posts in 2010, only ten managed to find another A&R job. Those who remain are playing a role that their predecessors would hardly recognise.

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