Dean was not the only owner I knew who used music as a way of legally engineering a desired demo. I used to wonder how long it would be before the government catches on and begins mandating “music diversity” in all clubs. But at the moment, music remains one of the few legal avenues club owners have to control the makeup of their establishment.
The lesson is, corrupt systems create dishonesty, and artificial barriers to normal human desires and interactions encourage scheming. All throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, every Soviet émigré I met had, to one degree or another, a conniving and duplicitous side.