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Confessions of a Record Producer, 2 Ed: How to Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business Paperback – February 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 2 edition (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879306602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879306601
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,119,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Confession is good for the soul! Over the years, among many other like-minded authors, a stockbroker, a "dirty" ballplayer, a "lapsed" librarian, a corporate headhunter, and an advertising man have all felt the need to atone in print either for their own misdeeds or for those of their profession. Here Avalon pseudonymously exposes the ways the recording industry can take advantage of budding artists. Avalon started in the business 15 years ago as a studio engineer and went on to produce records. He has also composed soundtracks for several independent films and now consults for artist managers, record labels, and investors. Avalon examines the various stages of the record deal. He explains the role of each person involved and suggests what that person's self-interest is. He also contrasts the differences among deals at the major labels, independents, and vanity labels, and he discusses "baby" deals between artists and production companies. Avalon's final cut is a medley of stories, rumors, and myths about ways people can be or have been "ripped-off." Though sometimes too blunt, Avalon provides a caveat that novices could miss out on elsewhere. David Rouse --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A must read....Unlike books that explain industry workings in theory, Confessions is firmly rooted in reality....Useful as a trade guide and fascinating...can be enjoyed by anyone wanting to roll the dice on a career in music, as well as future industry weasels looking for some helpful grifter tips." -- Smug, August/September 1999

"As educational as Aesop's fables...Every musician, or at least one member of every band, should pick up a copy of this book." -- Jam Rag, December 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is an easy read and very applicable.
Maeson
All in all I HIGHLY recommend this book if you're interested in or involved in the music industry.
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The author tells it like it really is, the good and the bad.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
IF YOU PLAN TO WORK IN THE INDUSTRY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. It describes royaties to artist and how you may not see them. Scams pulled on bands.Items that should be in your contracts. How record companies rip you off. Examples on how songs are stolen. How producers hide money for themselves. Independent labels, Majors and Distribution both Major and Indie. Moses Avalon takes you from the first steps through the entire music industry process and tells you how much money you will have at the end(theorectically). This book is the one you should buy before all others.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Albert Bickley on March 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book takes you through almost every aspect of the music industry. He tells you of scams of entertainment lawyers to dirty tricks by the big labels. At the same time he opens your eyes to just how successful you have to be to make money of your recordings (more than you think). A must read for people even considering a career in the music industry. All this is done with a sense of humor and language you can understand. Complete with real life examples. Great book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Takis Tz. on April 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
You dont have to be aiming at a future record deal to be interested in such a book. Even as an avid music fan you will find information and inside knowledge here that will enlighten you in the mysterious and more often than not wicked ways the music industry works.

It's a great eye-opener then, one that will obviously be more useful to musicians who are either looking forward to getting a deal or were not satisfied in their initial one. Written by a producer with years-long experience in the business, it provides crucial info on what to be careful about concerning:

-contracts and the various angles one should be careful in order to avoid a bad deal (a story often read about concerning groups or solo artists).

-differences in signings between majors and indie labels. An in-depth analysis on the difference between an indie label and a major.

-an explanation on the finances of such deals.

-copyright and sampling analysis.

The above are just headlines of course, as each chapter is very comprehensive and covers to a very adequate degree the subject it deals with. Written in simple language so that all the legal mumbo-jumbo becomes understandable for the layman, and with a healthy dose of humour and cynicism to drive the various points home, it's a great book to go through. Categorised according to subject for easy and simple reference.

"Confessions of a Record Producer" demolishes a lot of myths about the music business and reshapes certain false sources of ill-gotten optimism that new musicians nurture and which lead them into well-documented traps. What in fact is introduced here first and foremost is hardcore realism. Without that element anyone entering in negotiations with the music industry is a sheep among wolves.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Don D. on January 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Before reading this book I was very anxious to enter the music world as a producer, having a slight idea of what I needed to do to accomplish that goal. Well, I realize that I did not even know the difference between a Label, a record company and a distributor and the role each plays in getting a record to the shelves of Sam Goody or HMV at your local mall. Moses breaks down every aspect of the Music Biz, from writer, to artist, to producer, to session musician and even explains how each gets paid! He Even explains why you see so many logos on the back of every record you buy. It is an effort of many people and many different companies in direct collaboration with each other.
This is very valuable information for anyone in the Music Biz. I feel that I am better prepared now than I was 4 days ago..the time it took me to read this book I simply could not put down once I started reading.
Mr. Avalon explains all the "Industry Jargon" in plain simple english anyone with at least a high school level education can understand.
The best part of the book is how he even breaks down the "dirty" scams that everyone tries to impose on an artists/producer or writer.
I Pity the fool who signs a contract with a major record label for 3 Million dollars and 5 albums w/o reading this book. They will, like TLC, file for bankruptcy after selling 11 million records..find out why...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Jackson on March 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I picked up this book I expected another boring book from some out of touch "has been" trying to make a buck. Instead I found a book full of insight. Half way through the book I was blown away with the amount of knowledge (and I still had half a book to go).
Fact: the music business is full of weasels. They feed on the excitement of new (naive) artists, get them to sign a poor contract, and milk them dry. Well this book shows you the business from many including the artist, producer, label, and lawyers side (and more).
From assembling your team of managers, lawyers, producers, to payola and kickbacks, to copyrights, publishing royalties, sneaking lawyers tricks Moses covers everything in great detail. Typically when a book is this thorough there are parts that you end up skipping as it doesn't apply, but Moses insights of the "squeezing", back stabbing, and shenanigans kept me glued to every page.
If you are thinking that life would be great if you could just get signed to a major label, you REALLY need to read this. Moses shows you how you can sell 1,000,000 records and still owe money (if you're not careful). He shows you every detail, and then brings it home by breaking down in a table format (making it easy to see exactly where the money goes). The section titled "A Major Label Deal is like having a Credit Card at 66% was extremely eye opening.
OK, anybody can throw number on a page. So who is Moses Avalon? It turns out he has worked with Warner Brothers, Atlantic, and BMG. He has worked Grammy wining artists (he has worked on 5 platinum recordings). He is also a composer who has had his compositions used in commercials, and award winning independent films.
If you are someone looking for management, or getting airplay now and on the verge of breaking, READ THIS BOOK. When snakes surround you, it pays to know which ones are poisonous.
Dave Jackson
Musician's Cyber Cooler
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