December 12, 2007

Professor Poltz


The other day I spoke at a high school in Encinitas California. It was an economics class of all things. This was at San Dieguito Academy. The same school that Eddie Vedder went to. The same school that Tim Flannery's kids all went to. Why the hell would they ask me to talk to an economics class? I don't even balance my checkbook. I guess it's because I am the C.E.O. of 98 Pounder Records. I have even more respect for teachers than I already had. The class was from !:40 to 3:10. That's a lot of material baby. So I did what I know best which was play my guitar. It was a great freaking day and I can't wait to do it again. I tried to inspire the kids (I said kids) to follow their hearts and not chase the buck just to chase the buck. I hope they become beautiful artists and musicians and stuff like that.

I was on KPBS radio a couple of days ago discussing music in advertising and selling out. It was an interesting segment called Selling Out: Industry Success or Compromising Artistic Integrity. To hear the segment in its entirety go to the website and click where it says to listen and you'll hear me on the panel. Click Here to listen

Rehearsals for the upcoming tour are going really well. I leave for Australia on Christmas day and I am really excited to go back down under to Oz.
After I get back from Australia I'll be hitting the road non stop with a band rocking your city or living room.

I hope you're well and enjoying the hectic season that is upon us.


Posted by steve at December 12, 2007 9:34 AM


dear professor poltz,
ah, the long-awaited professorial debut! wow! outstanding! did you have any rebel rousers? probably not, eh? i suspect you had 'em wrapped around your finger.

ok, so tell me...what did you play after telling them that following their hearts beats chasing the buck? sucker punch? :-0

my fav is the girl in the gray hat! :)

Posted by: db cooper at December 12, 2007 9:54 AM

Just last week I gave a speech about you in my Into to Public Speaking class, but I was unaware that you actually go to schools and speak. I got an A but you should have come to my class, I would have received bonus points.
I'm looking forward to the two OKC shows in February, I've been spreading the word on the streets.

Posted by: Sheaffer at December 12, 2007 1:35 PM

So Davíd Garza once said this, “People talk about selling out . Well, I forget who said it originally, but once you take your guitar out of your bedroom, you’re a sell-out.”

It's always interesting to me how negative that is perceived and how work other than in the arts isn't thought of as "selling out." I could make the argument that for every way money is earned, that person has prostituted themselves somehow. And in most cases, people aren't that happy doing what they do yet are spending time doing it in trade for money. To me that's much worse.

That's the greatest Steve, going to speak to the school kids. I don't think I ever once had someone in my school years tell me to do what I love.

Stay happy and safe travels.

Posted by: Jackie at December 12, 2007 3:05 PM

When you get back from Australia? Not gonna happen! There's a group of fans out here who plan to stop the man known as Professor Poltz from leaving this fine country and will force him to play the club circuit out here for all eternity. Something like that, anyway. Milan is behind the plot. He just doesn't know it yet .

Posted by: lee at December 12, 2007 3:25 PM

lee is right...
and professor poltz has a great ring to it.
can't wait to attend the lecture at jive!

Posted by: jaan at December 12, 2007 5:11 PM

you look like a natural up there, professor sjjp.

Posted by: lkay at December 12, 2007 6:28 PM

Australia, don't make us kick your ass. We'll do it. I saw those weapons of mass destruction hidden in that kangaroo's pouch. I swear I did. You'd better give us back our Poltz!

Posted by: The U. S. of A. at December 12, 2007 7:58 PM

I agree with the U.S. of A., but I would've taken a more diplomatic approach.

Just note Aussies of the beloved Poltz tribe, there are able-bodied sea-men (yes, I said sea-men) that will rescue him if need be.

Posted by: condie at December 12, 2007 10:45 PM

Any chance of Australia settling this amicably without any seamen being involved? What about an exchange -swap you keith and nicole, neil and tim finn, naomi watts, mel gibson, olivia newton john, the bee gees (not that any of these were actually born in this country, but they'll pass in such a situation) PLUS poltz can visit home twice a year.

Posted by: lee at December 13, 2007 2:36 AM

Hmmm... No one will see the stealthy Canadians coming, in the Poltz kidnap plot. No one... We are too "quietly Canadian" to draw attention to ourselves. Professor Poltz WILL return from Oz, he WILL make it back to tour his new album in the U.S. of A. However, he might not come back from Canada when he gets here in the Spring...

Remember, in a hostage situation, Steve is "conveniently Canadian."

Posted by: Mike Campbell at December 13, 2007 7:30 AM

i can handle canada.
we're pretty similar anyway.
and it'll give me another excuse for me to get over there.

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