Austin Fails Music

RECEIVED Tue., March 16, 2004

Dear Editor,
   How is it possible one might ask that Austin doesn't make the Top 10 list of "cities that rock" in the April issue of Esquire? That Fresno, Denver, Gainesville, and Minneapolis are more musical cities than Austin? The obvious answer is that the city of Austin doesn't care. We have seen a steady stream of unsupportive behavior by the local and state government to foster the once vital music scene here. On the eve of South by Southwest, I hereby request that the city should be banned from ever using the moniker "the live music capital of the world" until such time that we deserve it, so as not to be deservedly mocked. If the city doesn't try to resuscitate its image, we might soon become simply an unremarkable high tech suburb of Houston.
Ron Deutsch
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