Warning: the following blog post contains explicit lyrics that may be offensive to the wealthy.
THE WEALTH REPORT, WSJ – Last month, Aspen, Colo., folk singer Dan Sheridan was at a bar in Snowmass Village performing one of his most popular songs: a folksy, satirical number called “Big Money.”The crowd loved it. Or so he thought. Soon after getting home, he got a call from the bar’s manager who said an executive from Aspen Skiing Co.–-which owns the bar, along with much of Aspen–had been in the audience. The executive was offended by the song, and Mr. Sheridan was fired. In most small towns, that would have been the end of the story. But in Aspen, where debating the effects of wealth has become the second most popular sport after skiing, Mr. Sheridan’s firing became a cause celebre. The Aspen Times did a story, followed by TV news crews from Denver. Letters of support poured in. Some even threatened to boycott the ski company, which is known locally as Ski Co. In the end, Ski Co. backed down, saying Mr. Sheridan was welcome to play again.
By Robert Frank, Feb. 23, 2010 The Wealth Report WSJ