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How Music Works
David Byrne - May 02, 2017 (first published in 2012)
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*Updated with a new chapter on digital curation* How Music Works is David Byrne's incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and ma...
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Thomas Frank
How To Make It in the New Music Business
Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician (Second Edition)
Ari Herstand - Nov 05, 2019
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When How to Make It in the New Music Business hit shelves in 2016, it instantly became the go-to resource for musicians eager to make a living in a turbulent industry. Widely adopted by music schools everywhere and considered “the best how- to book of its kind” (Music Connection), it inspired thousands to stop waiting around for that “big break.” N...
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The DIY Guide to the New Music Business (2020 Edition)
Jesse Cannon - Jul 10, 2015 (first published in 2012)
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How Do I Promote My Music On A Small Budget? How Do I Get My YouTube Videos to Spread? How Do I Turn Casual Fans Into One's Who Buy From Me? How Do I Get On Spotify Playlists? How Do I Increase Turnout At Shows? How Do I Make Fans Using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr And SoundCloud? With every day that passes, the power the major labels once had dies a ...
Start Your Music Business
How to Earn Royalties, Own Your Music, Sample Music, Protect Your Name & Structure Your Music Business (Music Law Series) (Volume 1)
Audrey K. Chisholm Esq. - Dec 15, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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How to Legally Start Your Music Business Written by an experienced entertainment lawyer whose clients have been featured on MTV®, American Idol®, VHI®, Start Your Music Business is an easy to read guide for songwriters, producers, music publishers, independent record labels, artists, bands, musicians, and individuals in the music industry that want...
Artist Management for the Music Business
Paul Allen - May 14, 2018 (first published in 2007)
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Anyone managing an artist's career needs to be well versed and have a savvy understanding of the moving parts of the music business. Learn how and why those moving parts "move," as well as how to manage and navigate a music-based career.Artist Management for the Music Business gives a comprehensive view of how to generate income through music and h...
How Music Got Free
A Story of Obsession and Invention
Stephen Witt - Jun 14, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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• Finalist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year • Named one of Time magazine’s Best Books of 2015 So Far • A New York Times Editors’ Choice • “[How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.”—Dwight Garner, The New York TimesWhat happens when an entire generation commit...
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Paolo Gregoletto
The Dirt
Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Tommy Lee - Jul 09, 2002 (first published in 2001)
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Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights,...
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The Life Of Marvin Gaye
David Ritz - May 01, 2003 (first published in 1985)
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Drawing from interviews conducted before Marvin Gaye's death, acclaimed music writer David Ritz has created a full-scale portrait of the brilliant but tormented artist. With a cast of characters that includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, this intimate biography is a definitive and enduring look at the man who embodie...
Story of the Orchestra
Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music!
Robert Levine - Oct 02, 2000
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Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package...
Work Hard Playlist Hard
The DIY playlist guide for Artists and Curators
Mike Warner - Jun 17, 2019
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Mike Warner is an independent artist, curator and the go-to person when it comes to playlist strategies on music streaming services. This book teaches artists at any level how to grow their audience on streaming services through profile enhancement, data analysis, automation and creating value as a curator. In this book Mike sets the record straigh...
The Music Business Advice Book by Bobby Owsinski
Music Money and Success 8th Edition by Jeff Brabec
Streaming, Sharing, Stealing by Michael D. Smith
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross
Hit Men by Fredric Dannen
Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy by Robert Jourdain
The Song Machine by John Seabrook
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
Me by Elton John
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Endurance by Scott Kelly
Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
The White Album by Joan Didion
Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler
So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
The Universe in Your Hand by Christophe Galfard
Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems
Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
Miles by Miles Davis
Hellfire by Nick Tosches
When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead by Jerry Weintraub
Revolution in the Head by Ian MacDonald
Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
The Most Beautiful by Mayte Garcia
Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman
Making Music by Dennis DeSantis
Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison
Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang
Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions by Duane Tudahl
Big Potential by Shawn Achor
Forever Young by Bob Dylan
Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings by Richard Cook
Mastering Audio by Bob Katz
Mo' Meta Blues by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Dear Boy by Tony Fletcher
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
Factory Records by Matthew Robertson
Inside Out by Nick Mason
Space Is The Place by John F. Szwed
Lennon Remembers by Jan Wenner
They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon
Mole Music by David McPhail
Dinner with Lenny by Jonathan Cott
Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition by Alton Hardin
Can You Hear It? by William Lach
Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf by Janet Schulman
Ocean of Sound by David Toop
My First Classical Music Book by Genevieve Helsby
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
Blues People by Leroi Jones
Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins
The Wu-Tang Manual by The RZA
Music Marketing for the DIY Musician by Bobby Borg
Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
Six-Figure Musician - How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business Music Marketing [Dot] Com Pres by David Hooper
Clark by Terry
Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star by Ian Hunter
Taylor Swift by Tyler Conroy
The Carnival of the Animals by Jack Prelutsky
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin
Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh D. Patel
Let Me Clear My Throat by Elena Passarello
Behind the Glass by Howard Massey
Ludwig Van Beethoven by Mike Venezia
The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing by Randall D. Wixen
M is for Melody by Kathy-jo Wargin
Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond
The Beatles Anthology by Beatles
Lead by Kylie Scott
Grip by Kennedy Ryan
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine
Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
The Beatles - All These Years by Mark Lewisohn
Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning