People Get Ready.
Music legend Lester Chambers fronted his own hit band, performed with artists ranging from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix, and found his music in more than 100 films, TV shows, and commericals — all while barely making a dime.
After nearly 30 years, he finally saw his first royalty check in 1994, for just a few hundred bucks. He now lives on just $1,200 a month, despite half a century of musical achievement.
Chambers is currently working with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian to produce a new album via Kickstarter and spread the word about the financial struggles of black artists in the music industry. Head over to Reddit right now for an AMA with Chambers himself.