is a pretty good example of a valid artist without commercial success. No one buys his records except weirdos like me. He only continually has a record deal because everyone with a brain in the music business loves him, and he only has money 'cause he made loads of it off of suing Frito-Lay (and a couple other lawsuits).
Babe Ruth didn't just strike out, he got tagged out a lot. If he didn't hit a homer he didn't even try runnin' all the way to first base. Too much work.