But they let kids in, trained them, and the young-hippie-know-it-alls, thought they knew it all, so started playing arbiters of what was good or not. And saved us (and themselves) from putting out things that they might like. Which suffocated creativity and innovation, and took the choice away from the people.... and made music much more predictable and mundane.
This is f'in brilliant observation on ego, and what likely happened and when we became too commercialized. It wasn't because of old guys who smoked cigars and took chances, it was the young hippies that thought they knew more than everyone else, so didn't take chances.
While he's too dead to make the leap, this reminds me completely of the bay area and tech. The young and lucky are often arrogant and think their success is because they are masters of the universe (gifted with some imaginary talent that makes them wiser/smarter than others) and they sincerely think have some unique insight on the world. So they want to tell others what to do, for their own good.Zuckerberg Syndrome(?)... though that's just an easy example, it applies to most of the tech companies with charismatic leaders that succeeded too young. They started buying their own bullshit, or the fawning bullshit of idol worshipers, instead of retaining enough self doubt to trust others might know more than them about anything.
You can tell when they've reached critical ego mass, because they will sincere believe they can do things like censor the world, and decide what views/music/content should be shared... and that only they can be the true arbiters of what's in the public's best interest. (Like most people that call themselves journalists, but are really just opinionated polemics).