Beefs Have Long History

Tim Hays, chairman of the music department and director of music business curriculum at Elmhurst College in Illinois, tells James H. Burnett III of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that beef is as old as commercial music itself. “I suppose one can say that it’s part of not only musical culture in popular music, but part of classical music culture as well,” Hays said. “In the late 19th century, Wagner and Liszt were vying for attention and adoration. It was before the media, as we know it today, and therefore may not have been watched as intensely, but the rivalries were there.”

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