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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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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books; 20.04 edition (Jan. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823007081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823007080
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business - Peter Thall (Billboard Books) Oct. 19 2010
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Peter Thall knows the music business, and he doesn't sugar coat it. As a prominent New York based music attorney, Thall has seen nearly every kind of deal in his multi-decade career representing some of music biggest names.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT RESOURCES Oct. 27 2013
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A MIUST HAVE IN THE LIBRARY!!! Highly recommended for those who are seeking an understanding. This book is a KEEPER...
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5.0 out of 5 stars very compelling Nov. 27 2010
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the music business is a very compelling indusry which it has rules and regulations unlike any other business. it is so mcuh to digest and to take in. Politics within Politics and still undercurrent Politics that isn't ever fully talked about. Artists are always the Lowest Person in the whole picture talk about the Irony? how and when you get paid? it is a monopoly within a Monopoly and at least with Monopoly you do get a chance to to get around the board and win, however in the Industry very few ever come close to Winning, it is about survival and balancing things out.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. Not a sleezy "tell all" type book, but a serious focus on the legal and financial side of things May 9 2014
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This is not a tell-all type book with page-turning stories about hookers and blow. It's a comprehensive book about the legal and financial ins and outs of the music industry. It can be a bit dry at times, but it's very educational and it's worth pushing through the more boring sections. The author does try to add a little humor here and there along with real life examples to make things interesting. All in all a good read, but if I had to offer a suggestion, I'd like to see more real life examples fleshed out more, instead of just side notes here and there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Music Tell All? Nov. 25 2013
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For the professional in talent/music management, this book may rate 5 Stars. However, it is not an easy read for someone outside the profession to simply learn about the business and to be better informed. I'll keep looking and, in the meantime, try to further digest some of the more sophisticated points the author is obviously qualified in making.