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Our band is about to get beyond the local scene and start wrestling with the industry for record deals and national tours, so I practically jumped out of my skin when I finally found this book. It completely demystifies the workings of the entire music industry--in a musician-friendly way. A tiny, selfish neuron in me hesitated for a moment about telling the world of this book--but hey, we musicians are all in this together. If everyone negotiating with record companies read and used this book, we'd collectively be better able to get the sort of financial rewards our art deserves.
Just so you know this isn't a load of hype, here are the section and chapter titles.
An entertainment lawyer whose clients include many from the top of the music charts, Passman has written a book that sets out to give musicians, performers, and songwriters the tools to hire advisers, market their careers, protect their creative works, and generally cope with a complex industry in a state of flux. Passman explains boilerplate language, the complexities of royalties and advances, and label and distribution deals; a section on record deals begins with an overview of the business and works through all the steps. The "Adventures in Cyberspace" chapter is a helpful summary of the way CD-ROMs and the Internet are affecting the business. Included here is information on recent legislation and a look at how digitizing music delivery will continue to change things. Packed with illustrations, sample calculations, and definitions, All You Need To Know is humorous and accessible enough for those who just want to understand the business while being detailed and documented enough for those who make a living from it.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Arrived with small gunk on it, was sold as new.
It's no big deal, but was still sold as new.
A must-read for Canadian musicians. It's got literally everything you need to know.Published 5 months ago by Charlotte
I really appreciate the thoroughness, humour, and wealth of information this book provides regarding the business side of the American and Canadian music industry. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Happy Violinist
Passman's book is an essential, edition after edition. Insightful, witty, current (as current as a book can be :). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jim Norman
Cet excellent livre n`a jamais été traduit en francais et ne le sera sans doute jamais, car il concerne avant tous les Etats-Unis. D. Read morePublished on May 5 2005 by "rachoumusic"
This book is the best. It's very easy to read even if english isn's your mother language. Very interesting and iclude All you need to know to know about Music Business.Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Nick Aivan
grat book witty with practal and easy to understand terms .A great overview of music related businessPublished on Aug. 18 2003 by "pcgamergirl"
Get this book. It is written by a well respected music business attorney and gives specific facts on what you will be getting into when you hit the music business. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2003 by Ron Smith