Regarding "A Grand Tour of L.A.'s Kingdom of Rock," by Robert Hilburn (Oct. 25): To ignore the success of our city's independent labels is to miss the real story. Enigma, Rhino, SST and others have begun to compete with the majors for sales, air play and talent; and their executives will play a pivotal role in the record business of the future.
And the implication that Los Angeles is competing with New York for some sort of industry supremacy suggests that we have nothing better to do with our time. Record companies have national staffs and sign artists from around the world. No one person is responsible for "breaking" an act, just as no one city determines what happens in the music business.