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Beastie Boys Book
Michael Diamond - Oct 30, 2018
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A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself--by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardo...
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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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Get More Fans
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 ...
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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. - 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...
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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...
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All You Need to Know About the Music Business
10th Edition
Donald S. Passman - Oct 29, 2019 (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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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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Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
Gary Vaynerchuk - Nov 26, 2013
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The New York Times bestselling author and social media expert returns with hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition by mastering social media marketingWhen managers and marketers outline their social media strategies, they often plan for the "right hook"-their next highly anticipated sale or campaign that's going to...
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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...
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The Music Business Advice Book
150 Immediately Useful Tips From The Pros
Bobby Owsinski - Aug 07, 2018
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The music business can prove to be a difficult career road when you're first starting out, but it can be traveled a lot easier with some helpful guidance from a pro who's willing to share a few hard-earned hints. The Music Advice Book is a compilation of the pearls of experience from 130 top music pros from various segments of the industry who have...
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Music Money and Success 8th Edition
The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business
Jeff Brabec - Nov 01, 2018
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The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business is the industry bible and the ultimate guide to making money in the music business. Music is a business of money, contracts, decisions and making the most of every opportunity. To succeed—to make money—to have a career—you have to know what you are doing in both music and business. This inva...
Streaming, Sharing, Stealing by Michael D. Smith
Hit Men by Fredric Dannen
The Song Machine by John Seabrook
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Me by Elton John
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
The Beatles Anthology by Beatles
Lead by Kylie Scott
Grip by Kennedy Ryan
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Endurance by Scott Kelly
The Beatles - All These Years by Mark Lewisohn
How To Make It in the New Music Business by Ari Herstand
The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross
Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy by Robert Jourdain
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning
The Dirt by Tommy Lee
Divided Soul by David Ritz
Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine
Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The White Album by Joan Didion
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
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley
Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman
The Most Beautiful by Mayte Garcia
Making Music by Dennis Desantis
Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison
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
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
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
Blues People by Leroi Jones
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
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu
Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang
Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler