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What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths) [Paperback]

Peter M. Thall
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Jan. 12 2010
“For someone on the way up, this book is a must; for everyone else, it’s a bible.”—Danny Strick, co-President, SonyATV Music Publishing, Inc.
 
This completely revised and expanded edition of What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business is a must-have reference not only for aspiring songwriters, record producers, and performing artists but also for record company executives, personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys. You’ll learn: 

*How the Internet has affected every aspect of the music business, from copyright and royalty issues to censorship

*How many musicians have seized do-it-yourself Internet opportunities to create successful business models

*How satellite radio, digital jukeboxes, and video games are affecting the music market

*How artists can maximize their chances for long-term financial health

*How the royalty pie is sliced—and who gets the pieces

*What snares and pitfalls to avoid when signing an employment contract
*And much more.
 
“The music business is complicated, and this book is very helpful in deciphering its pitfalls, opportunities, and challenges.”—Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide
 
“Thall’s book simplifies a complicated business, and it provides the reader with knowledge that otherwise is available only to those on the inside.”—Scott Francis, President, Warner/Chappell Music and Chairman & CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S.
 
“Whoever reads this book is getting expert advice from one of the most respected and knowledgeable players in the music industry today. I wish this book was available when I was looking to begin my career in the music business.”—David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Publishing Group
 
"Intelligent and accessible--rich in references, but easily understandable."—David Geffen
 
“A clear contender for the one indispensable work on the topic, this book delivers the goods. There is no one involved in the music business who will not learn and benefit from this ambitious work.”—New York State Bar Association

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"Intelligent and accessible." -- David Geffen

About the Author

Peter M. Thall has more than 40 years experience of practicing law and has represented many of the world's greatest artists, such as Simon & Garfunkel, Barry Manilow and ABBA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Musicians Nov. 20 2003
Format:Hardcover
Recently retired from the legal profession, I can well appreciate how individuals, who may be well meaning, can freely pass along advice; however, very often they lack the appropriate credentials to offer sound counsel.
This is particularly evident in the music world where unfortunately many an agent, accountant, attorney, manager or even friends are "out of their league" and unfortunately are not acting in the best interests of the artist.
As Peter M. Thall mentions in his book What They'll Never Tell You About The Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths) "it is not enough to know the things you think you need to know about the music industry. Those who live within it-whether at the artistic or the business pole or somewhere in between-must know more. They must know the difference between surface and substance; between truth and lie; between reality and myth."
Thall is an attorney specializing in entertainment and copyright law. Some of the clients he has represented have included ABBA, Pat Benatar, The Cars, Miles Davis, The Irish Tenors, Barry Manilow, Anna Moffo and Simon & Garfunkel.
In other words "he is no babe in the woods," and his book reflects his many years of invaluable experiences that he shares with his readers.
Presented in a clear and efficient manner, the reader receives priceless counsel concerning royalties, personal managers, business manager, record producers, promotion, touring, merchandising, copyright issues, musicians contracts, music publishing, internet entrepreneurship, urban music, classical music, and the role of record companies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOODNESS GRACIOUS! Bless the Messenger! May 27 2003
Format:Hardcover
Reading the preface got me motivated then, I hit the first 6 chapters, which put me in check real quick. Looking for a meal with no fat...this is it! Thall...levels the playing field, which should enable all parties involved on a project better serve each other. Fortunately for players, this book was released.
This information can evoke essentials that you may not even know exist, and help hedge against potential trouble like heeding regulations and scrutinizing your assembled team bridging your weaknesses with your strengths.
It is rare...or nearly impossible to be given legitimate sincere advice on the ins/outs of the music industry via published works. "Confessions" is one, and this is definitely another!
Looking at the artist's net earnings after all expenses, and the standard recording agreement most companies draft up, no wonder some artist's are labeled sell-out's and are criticized for their envisions and protuberances.
If you're 100% serious about making a living working in the music recording industry, and looking to save time and money, "What They'll Never Tell You About The Music Business" is a major fundamental. It's a Prerequisite, expressive and totally educational, no-holds-barred. One of the most unnerving experiences about being in the music business is getting ripped off. Read this so you won't!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New York State Bar Association Praise Feb. 14 2003
Format:Hardcover
"What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Busienss" is a clear contender for the one indispensable work on the topic. An extremely useful, thorough and very practical guide to both the legal and business aspects of our industry. There is a wealth of information that will illuminate and educate the music industry population at all levels of experience. There is something in this book-a lot of something-for everyone. This book delivers the goods. There is no one involved in the music business who will not learn and benefit from this ambitious work.
Excerpted from Book Review of The New York State Bar Association, Committee on Entertainment, ARt, and Sports Law. Originally published in Winter 2002-2003, Volume 13, No. 3 issue, a publication of the Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law section: New York Bar Association. Used with permission.
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From beginning to end, this extremely informative book is filled with music industry tips, anecdotes, and reality checks from one of the most respected entertainment lawyers in the country. As an entertainment lawyer myself, I have benefited greatly from Mr. Thall's straight talk on the way the industry actually works. I have recommended this book to all of my music clients and their managers, all of whom have reported that they have found the book easy to read, eye opening, and well worth their time.
If you are currently in or thinking about getting into the music industry, make the modest investment and purchase this book---to get this much advice, guidance, and perspective from a qualified attorney, particularly one with Mr. Thall's impressive resume, you will easily spend hundreds or thousands more than the cost of this excellent book.
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The New York State Bar Association calls this book "a clear contender for the one indispensable work on the topic...An extremely useful, thorough and very practical guide to both the legal and business aspects of our industry. There is a wealth of information that will illuminate and educate the music industry population at all levels of experience. There is something in this book--a lot of something--for everyone. This book delivers the goods. There is NO ONE involved in the music business who will not learn and benefit from this ambitious work." Exerpted from the Winter 2002-2003 Volume 13, No. 3 issue, publication of the Entertainment, ARt, and Sports Law Section: New York Bar ASsociation. Used with Permission
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It reads like a music biz "Who done it?" or "Who's doing it?"
suspense. It's dense with information and uniquely revealing about
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Published on Oct. 30 2002 by Debbie Andrews and Mike Blaxill
5.0 out of 5 stars The new indispensable combat manual.
This is the most brilliant, concise overview in existence of what should have long ago been revealed about the true nature of the music industry. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by Anthony D. Kincaid
5.0 out of 5 stars The new music industry bible
I looked forward to this book when I first heard about it, and am not disappointed. It approaches the music industry from angles no other book is even aware of. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2002 by alexander mair
5.0 out of 5 stars The new music industry bible
I had looked forward to this book when I first heard about, and have just finished it. It approaches careers in the music industry from angles not considered in supposedly similar... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2002 by alexander mair
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for anyone interested in the music business
This is by far the most informative book on the business of music I have read to date. It is imperative that anyone considering a career in music gain as much knowledge as possible... Read more
Published on July 8 2002 by BIG HEC, CEO of Higher Archy Entertainment.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read if you make your living as a musician or hope to
An awe-inspiring, often hair-raising, insider's look at the music industry that's as good as having a friend--and one hell of a knowledgable friend--in the business. Read more
Published on May 24 2002
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