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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Band Paperback – April 6, 2004

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Bliesner and Knopper do a good job laying out the possibilities for beginners and wannabees in simple and comprehensible terms. -- Miami Herald, August 30, 2004

About the Author

Mark Bliesener is the president of Mark Bliesener Consults, a firm specializing in advising bands on all areas of international and domestic personal management, touring, and talent industries. He has over 30 years of experience in the music industry. He has helped numerous artists score Grammys, CMA, ACM, and Gold and Platinum records. Steve Knopper is a freelance music business writer with more than 10 years experience. He writes regularly for Rolling Stone, Spin, Chicago Tribune, and Newsday. His articles have also appeared in Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Details, Wired, New York, Musician, Guitar World, and more. He has edited two books: Swing: The Essential Album Guide and Lounge: The Essential Album Guide to Martini Music and Easy Listening.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592571816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592571819
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Christy on July 30, 2007
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Easy to read. Many clear ideas about the steps and process of becoming a rockstar. Well worth a read. You can jump to certain sections. Marketing, promotions, etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul H. Rich on April 4, 2013
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I was perhaps barking up the wrong tree when I bought this. I am the parent of a teen that has a band and I was looking for equipment and sound engineering advice - what to buy, how to set up for a gig, how to set up for practice sessions, etc., as well as how to break into the paid gig scene. I didn't find this book helpful. It was too elementary in my opinion, and aimed at young kids more than anything else. Some of it is funny, but I wasn't looking for humor. I recommend checking this out from the library before buying it to see if it fits your needs.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David A. Barber on January 7, 2009
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Mark Bliesener (of bandguru.com) and Steve Knopper take you through every major aspect of starting up a new band. They help you avoid the most common mistakes and put you way out ahead of the pack with real world insights and tips. A must read for any young musician thinking of starting up a band.
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