What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths) Paperback – Jan 12 2010
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"Intelligent and accessible." -- David Geffen
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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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In "What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business," Thall explains the ins and outs of contracts and dealmaking in way that cuts to the bone of backroom reality. Think you are getting your masters back? Think again. Do you understand your split of licensing fees? Maybe not. Recoupment? They charged for what!?!
In this work, Thall systematically takes the reader through the process of what both sides are thinking and need to be aware when it is time to get down to the real nitty-gritty of dealmaking. His details and experience are enough to make useful reading, not just for aspiring musicians, but for many managers, publishers or label execs who still think they know it all. Thall covers the runway from forming legal partnerships, to getting your music heard, how to manage relationships with managers and producers and of course, the final act of auditing the result of all of this action.
Of particular emphasis is the area of music publishing where Thall devotes several chapters explaining the ins and outs of publishing (ownership, reversion, rights, termination) in ways that are often dense and apt to be misunderstood by those with limited experience.
If you are a musician wanting to be heard, "What They'll Never Tell You" will teach you just about everything you need to know about going about it in a way where you will not be disappointed in the result, while almost anyone in the business will learn something they didn't already know.
you learn how radio and these labels work and the internet and how other things have come into full view. One of the Most complete books that I have ever read on the Music business very detailed and informative.