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Ultimate Survival Guide for the New Music Industry: A Handbook for Hell [Paperback]

Justin Goldberg
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Jan. 1 2004
From setting up an indie label to shopping songs and gaining airplay and getting signed (or not), these invaluable insights are vividly documented in a detailed, informative guide to creating a career in music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for all musicians March 17 2004
By A Customer
I just received my copy of Justin Goldberg's book and have not been able to put it down. We are in the process of self releasing our CD and since things happen so quickly these days we wanted to get some advice that was written for today's music market, unlike some of the other music guides we have on our shelves.
This book has already proved itself to be an excellent resource guide--written by an insider for those of us on the outside. There are great tips on the proper way to promote your music (just in time for us to rework our packages!) as well as basic info about things like royalties, label hierarchy and the like.
Written in an easy to understand, conversational manner, the author's work is top notch. Also invaluable are the interviews with all sorts of folks in the biz. They give their 2 cents worth on a wide range of music business topics and share their pet peeves about the whole music industry.
This has been a great read, not only for practical reasons but entertaining and informative as well - Can't wait to delve into the stuff on the CD-ROM!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Music Business Jewel of a Book March 12 2004
By A Customer
There are a lot of music biz books out there. The problem with my old favorites is the basics are there, but they are really outdated with the current changes in the music industry. Less than two weeks ago, I read this new release "The Ultimate Survival Guide to the New Music Industry: Handbook for Hell" written by Justin Goldberg. The writer has 15+ years under his belt and first hand experience with what new artists and other music biz wannabes face today. In my opinion, it is a crucial . .let me repeat crucial . . information guide that anyone genuinely interested in the music business should sit down and read. Unless you know the basics about copyrights and royalty distribution, you will be led around by your nose. This book covers TV, film, albums, copyright, record deals, lawyers, managers, indie labels and paints the big picture clearly. It also comes with a CD (not audio) that has numerous business forms that you need to be familiar with and a whole list of contacts for record companies, radio, managemnt, etc. It is the best music biz book I have read in a very long time. It is now the first book I recommend to anyone for this new age of music business that we find ourselves in. A Must Read for anyone who is seriously interested in pursuing a career in today's music field, where I myself have logged twenty+ years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIVING PROOF, THIS BOOK IS RIGHT ON TARGET! Feb. 6 2004
I really wanted to put together a band that was open minded to my ideas, and wanted to attack the music industry in a very "UNTRADITIONAL" way. I am a computer nerd from way back, and I could see that over the years to come... this could be my big chance to accomplish my dream if the cards were played right. So, I put out an ad on 2 musicians classified sections (via the internet) seeking the like minded band mates I had always dreamed of meeting. Well, I met them all within a couple weeks thanks to the ads. We spoke on the phone, and through emails. Joe (guitarist) tells me on the phone that he has a few songs he could send me in mp3 format over the internet that he recorded at home. I set up an ftp server, and had the songs that same night. I wrote the vocals on the fly for the most part while recording them, and sent them back within hours of getting the music from Joe. He freaked out, and loved the vocals. He then sent me 2 more songs. They were completely finished over the next 2 days. He heard them, and freaked out again lol. Well, after feeling such strong chemistry, we knew we needed to meet in person, and we had to find a drummer ASAP. I happened to know of one that I met online as well. And he is our drummer still today. Our other guitarist is Joe's best friend (for over 10 years), and our bassist we met online several months later after the album was already complete. In 3 months time, we had written a full album, recorded it's demo, built a website,.... And were playing gigs. We were headlining by our 3rd show. A couple months later we recorded the ACTUAL album on our home computer, filmed the entire process, edited down the footage, turned it into an enhanced CD, sent it off to be mass produced, and are currently getting it to radio stations, labels, managers, publications, etc... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved our band!!! June 1 2004
Finally an honest book about today's music industry! After buying and reading too many other books promising the "secrets" to success in the music industry, I decided to take a chance and read this one mainly due to the frankness of the title "handbook for hell" which many bands playing original music can testify is the appropriate title for finding success in music. The greatest strengths of this book are the directness and honesty with which Justin points out the unfortunate truths about the industry - while providing an outline for success - even if you aren't an "American Idol". It's also easy to read and entertaining while quite instructive. This book brought new life to my band and should be required reading for any original band.
A great side benefit is the accompanying disc for PC that is packed full of crucial contact info.
If you wanna be a sucessful musician playing original music - get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One Book You Need
I love this book. Its my main source for info on what I need to do to get my stuff out. There is nothing that compares to it. Read more
Published on May 26 2004
I was thoroughly impressed with Justin's efforts on The Handbook For Hell. His timing for this book could not be better. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Brad Josling
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
Justin's way of explaining the huge changes in the music industry with his own stories and interviews makes me think how these same events have affected me personally. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Alex Walsh
"Whether you're an indie or not, working today's music industry is not unlike fighting in a guerrilla war, and knowledge is the best weaponry we know. Read more
Published on May 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Great!!!
Thank you Justin for allowing us to get more infomation in one read than many of us get in years! This book allows you to read interviews from people who are high executives and... Read more
Published on May 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Insightful
As an industry outsider, survival guide is proving indispensable in my effort to take a popular yet unsigned Atlanta act to the next level. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Mike Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe me, you NEED this book!
This is an amazingly truthful and humorous exploration of the psychology of the music industry! The numerous interviews of industry executives and Goldberg's own anecdotes as an... Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Manic Mayhem
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Survival, Indeed!
Goldberg's is an excellent and timely book that should be useful to anyone considering getting into this weird but wonderful business of music. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Keith Holzman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read...Period
Thank you Justin Goldberg for allowing us to get more infomation in one read than many can get in a few years regarding the music biz! Read more
Published on April 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars wrote this to the author
I currently work at a major label doing what Justin used to do, A&R. His book is kicking my ass. So true...so legit...so on the money. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
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