The danger of face validity
from The Scholarly Kitchen
Everyone (of my generation, anyway) knows the story of the Van Halen M&M Rider: this was a provision in Van Halen’s touring contract that required each venue to provide the band a large bowl of M&M candies with all the brown ones removed. One reason everyone knows the story is that it so clearly exemplifies what was wrong with rock ’n’ roll in the late 1970s: arrogant rock stars had become used to getting whatever they wanted in whatever amounts they wanted, their most absurd whims catered to by a support system of promoters and managers who were willing to do whatever it took in order to get their cut of the obscenely huge pie.
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