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How Music Works
David Byrne - 2017-05-02 (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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This Is Your Brain on Music
The Science of a Human Obsession
Daniel J. Levitin - 2007-08-28 (first published in 2006)
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Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life—even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of mu...
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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 - 2019-11-05
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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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Just Kids
Patti Smith - 2010-11-02
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"Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece, a rare and privileged invitation to unlatch a treasure chest never before breached." - Johnny DeppIt was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would e...
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Divided Soul
The Life Of Marvin Gaye
David Ritz - 2003-05-01 (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...
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The Dirt
Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Tommy Lee - 2002-07-09 (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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Get More Fans
The DIY Guide to the New Music Business (2020 Edition)
Jesse Cannon - 2015-07-10 (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 ...
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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. - 2014-12-15 (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...
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Artist Management for the Music Business
Paul Allen - 2018-05-14 (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...
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All You Need to Know About the Music Business
10th Edition
Donald S. Passman - 2019-10-29 (first published in 1991)
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All You Need to Know About the Music Business by veteran music lawyer Don Passman—dubbed “the industry bible” by the Los Angeles Times—is now updated to address the biggest transformation of the music industry yet: streaming.For more than twenty-five years, All You Need to Know About the Music Business has been universally regarded as the definitiv...
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Major Labels
Kelefa Sanneh - 2021-10-05
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
Good Booty by Ann Powers
The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib
Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil
Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
Revolution in the Head by Ian MacDonald
Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine
Work Hard Playlist Hard by Mike Warner
The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth
The Music Business Advice Book by Bobby Owsinski
Music Money and Success 8th Edition by Jeff Brabec
The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross
Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang
Streaming, Sharing, Stealing by Michael D. Smith
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Hit Men by Fredric Dannen
England's Dreaming, Revised Edition by Jon Savage
Rock She Wrote by Evelyn McDonnell
Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy by Robert Jourdain
Beeswing by Richard Thompson
Chronicles by Bob Dylan
Great Pop Things by Colin B Morton
The Song Machine by John Seabrook
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
Decoding Despacito by Leila Cobo
Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis
I Know a Shy Fellow by Barbara S. Garriel
The Show That Never Ends by David Weigel
Violet's Music by Angela Johnson
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
Me by Elton John
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Lyrics by Paul McCartney
Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler
Deep Work by Cal Newport
It's So Easy by Duff McKagan
The White Album by Joan Didion
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Beatles by The Beatles
The Universe in Your Hand by Christophe Galfard
Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems
Miles by Miles Davis
Hellfire by Nick Tosches
When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead by Jerry Weintraub
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley
Endurance by Scott Kelly
The Most Beautiful by Mayte Garcia
Nöthin' But a Good Time by Tom Beaujour, Richard Bienstock
Wild Symphony by Dan Brown
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next by Junji Ito
Mo' Meta Blues by Ahmir "questlove" Thompson
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
Because by Mo Willems
Sellout by Dan Ozzi
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu
Unrequited Infatuations by Stevie Van Zandt
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
Get in the Van by Henry Rollins
The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Dilla Time by Dan Charnas
Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond
The Beatles Anthology by Beatles
Grip by Kennedy Ryan
Lead by Kylie Scott
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine
Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning