I watched Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – This is Stones Throw Records last night about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. As someone who has always loved music the movie is exceptional because it gives you some rare behind the scenes look into some of the better off the beaten path musicians that aren’t being pushed by major labels, but that are putting out some of the most unique and truly new music available today. However, as an entrepreneur and for anyone looking for the guts to see their ideas through to the finish this is a great film because of Peanut Butter Wolf.
Peanut Butter Wolf (Chris Manak) had a vision and stuck with it until it succeeded. This is very much a story about an entrepreneur who believed in his own vision through thick and thin. He continues to innovate within the music business to achieve success for artists who otherwise would probably not be able to get their music out into the mainstream…or at least as mainstream as Stones Throw Records audience is.
The film includes live concert footage, archival material, and in-depth interviews that show the charismatic leadership and innovative thinking that has powered Stones Throw for more than 2 decades as so many other independent music labels have been acquired, gone out of business or otherwise faded away. For myself and I think for anyone who has worked hard to build something on their own it’s always refreshing to see someone grinding it out, sticking with their vision and succeeding. Stones Throw is a great reminder that there’s more than one way to do things and that going with what everyone else is doing isn’t always the secret to success.
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