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Old 07-25-2012, 08:02 AM
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Default What books about the business are being read?

I started this year, dedicating myself to read books about the music business and was wondering what everyone esle was reading, if anything?

So far I have read Zoro's The Big Gig, Hit Hard by Joey Kramer, The Wrecking Crew, It's So Easy by Duff McKaggan and am reading The Music Business in Plain English by David Naggar. The latest pretty much dispells any myths about the Record labels being destroyed by the internet anytime soon and it is helpful to know what you might be hit with by a record label like a 360 deal which basically means the record label wants a cut of profits from everythng including merch sales. It also pretty much lays out the PPA, recoupment and the like which reminded me of a band that I was in which was trying to get signed. The "leader" kept talking about what we needed in our deal. I don't know if he knew it or not but the record label is/was going to recoup the cost of everything - including a tour bus! Nothing from a record deal is ever free!

The wrecking crew was interesting in that it shows where the recording industry was at in the 1960s. I think most outsiders think we all just set up in one room and someone sets up a mic and this great sounding recording just comes out.

Anyway, i'd like to hear from you as to what you are reading about the business.


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Old 07-25-2012, 07:38 PM
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:49 PM
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For the most part I read and listen to lectures from those I know/met who are veterans of the music business. IMHO its far better than any single or series of books I've ever read (the admittedly older Donald S Passman book, Confessions of a Record producer etc etc).

IMHO reading books on the music business doesn't do much good because of how fast the scene is changing. The "old" way will still exist, but its being forced to co-exist with a new model where the rules are still being written or changed almost daily. Its worth looking up Wendy Day and Bob Power (that wonderful mix/engineer). They have some interesting thoughts and perspectives on this.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:07 AM
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I am currently reading Music Theory For Dummies. It was recommended to me and it has been a great learning experience.
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