In August of 1937, Mao Zedong wrote his seminal treatise, “On Contradiction”, & along with his work, “On Practice”, they formed the basis for what has become known as Maoism. Fast forward to the 21st century; to a college radio station with a librarian who is trying to practice at his very own ‘great leap forward’ with stacks of contra-CD-dictions dogging him at every turn and the full weight of all those dust bins of history now threatening his dreams of victorious liberation! But, the good news is, millions don’t have to starve & die in order to enforce some order in the library here at KZSC. Nor do we have to have a cultural revolution, or a neat slogan denouncing the running dogs of capitalism, to brutally purge what must be purged (see you at the CD sale this Fall). Nonetheless, contradictions abound, & must be resolved without antagonizing the DJs.
Case in point: Mr. Nick Cave. Some of his CDs were filed in our Gothic/Industrial section & most of the rest were filed in our ROCK section. I can see the argument for both viewpoints. Have you ever seen the film classic, Wings of Desire? Yes, he has been embraced by the fans of Goth music but, on the whole, his work is best described as alternative-rock/post-punk. Thus, I had to unify our Nick Cave collection into one genre under, ROCK. After all, when a DJ is looking for an artist or group, being forced to search in multiple sections of the library is a contradiction we can all live without. Our glorious path to radio is shining!!!