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2.0 out of 5 starsNot "Everything" but Only Part of the Story
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2020
There is no question that the author knows his stuff. And for the portions of the music business that he does include, the book is thorough and helpful. But, the author is an attorney, and so the book is focused on legal aspects of the music business, and so is targeted at “suits” and protp-suits (i.e., students in business or law school). But it isn’t targeted at just-starting-out musicians. So I wouldn’t characterize the book as The Business of Music 101—it’s more advanced, and it is NOT “everything” you need to know about the music business. If you were, say, a musician in an aspiring band, as a first step you wouldn’t (as the book seems to suggest) find an agent. What agent would want to represent a band with no track record? Or if you did find an agent, how assiduously would that agent’s representation be? And, once your band had a song that you thought was decent you wouldn’t as a first step, as the book seems to suggest, start knocking on publishing companies’ doors. Why would they return your call? What would be really helpful for many aspiring musicians is a book (or video) of what you as an aspiring musician and band should really do as a first step or two to “making it”. There are books out there that give you suggestions/instructions on how to build an audience and other basic building blocks, that I think should be prerequisites to read and act on before this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsA must for a non music-business Mom...aka: "Momanger"
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
I got the new release yesterday. By page 16....I had already learned a ton and marked it up! Our 18 year old daughter is the "artist with an interest in business", but definitely not blessed with the orderly mind for business. I am ordering another of these books for her bookshelf!
I haven't finished it yet but I love it so far! It has tons of info on various positions in the field. It is more geared toward Musicians seeking their Team, but it gives good info for those who want to be PART OF their Team.
Admittedly, once you get into the details of finances and whatnot, it gets a little dry. That's not my area of expertise (one reason why I'm wanting to learn), so typically after I finish a section like that I need to give myself a break, and may need to come to it again to understand it better.
Overall I love the Authors verbiage. His personality really comes through with the added humor and nerdy references, which I didn't expect AT ALL, but I freaking LOVE! I'm a dork, so I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.
5.0 out of 5 starsHelped me learn so much about the music industry!
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
Love this book! As an up-and-coming artist manager, this book was an easy find that gave me great insight to parts of the business that I wasn’t quite sure about. From different types of deals to the varying ways with which managers and lawyers can help progress an artist, I definitely recommend to anyone that wants to seriously get into the music business. At least as a start to your knowledge, to engage you in conversations with other professionals.
Way cheaper than buying from the bookstore, it came really fast too. Really good book if you’re trying to learn more about the music business, it goes into detail about a lot of things you need to know about mangers, publishing, streaming, record labels, and more. It’s a good book to buy because it is a boook you should read multiple times
For the book to be brand new and the edge damaged as much as it was this copy was not worth the price. As far as reading the book is concerned I would highly recommend to anyone interested in entering any facet of the music industry. I purchased this book because I am planning to pursue a law career specializing in intellectual property.
This is another of the most useful and important books on the music business. I have bought the updated version of this book 4 times since it was first published, and keep it close to hand for all my music business and legal matters. A must have.
I bought this for my dad's birthday and I already own one myself. I always try to buy the latest edition of this book, because it clearly explains legal and financial aspects of the music industry in an easy, accessible way. There's so much more info in this edition about how the internet has affected the music industry.
El contenido es bueno, pero el material esta espantoso. El papel del libro de baja calidad. La pasta dura viene en blanco, como si se hubieran mandado empastar fotocopias. Solamente tiene una opalina que envuelve la pasta dura. La pasta no viene impresa. Viene totalmente en blanco por los dos lados. De muy mala calidad los materiales. Que lastima.