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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Miller Freeman Books (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087930460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879304607
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How can aspiring young musicians break into the music industry? With the help of this basic beginner's guide, which covers everything from record deals and royalties to promotion, merchandise deals, and working with a management team. Ellefson, bassist for Megadeth, provides practical business tips for making it in a cutthroat industry. -- Midwest Book Review

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Z. William Arkosy on March 27, 2005
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Ellefson gives us a brief overview of how the music industry operates and gives us a few words of advice along the way. Given the amount of success he has achieved with his band Megadeth, he is a credible source. This book is targeted at the amateur musician, since the chapters on each section are usually limited to about 2 pages, which makes them very superficial. Those that have been performing/playing music for a while will most likely see this book as old news. Chances are you won't become successful by reading this book alone, but it's a good place to start & further reading on the subject will most likely also be required.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
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This book isn't about teaching you to write extraordinary songs. It's not about teaching you techniques or anything similar. This book is a guide to the music business and as such a very good book. David knows his way around the music business and this guide is the best I've read on that subject.
The book is easy and fun to read and it really gives you inspiration when it comes to actually making it as a professional musician. It's only down is that it's a bit short.
Check it out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2002
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This what it says a guide for young musicians. It is a quick and easy read pertaining to management, attorneys, booking agencies, bussiness management, recording, promotion, touring teaveling, gear and copyrighting. Although this an excellent starter, if you already know about music law then you probably won't read anything new. In fact there are several books that specialize in contract and dealings that this only covers briefly. Yet nonetheless a short read (130 pages) that give beginners insight into starting and being prepared for the long road ahead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TBlack on January 5, 2000
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Being a bass player in a band myself fueled my interest in this book, not to mention he's one of my favorite bassists. So I bought it, read it and found it useful. David Ellefson is a very private professional musician, so naturally there is not alot written about his roots. That being said, it was very interesting to read alittle about his beginnings as a musician-that's a nice bonus in addition to the wealth of information on the industry which is the book's primary focus. Thanks for a cool book David, and thanks for the guitar pick from the Syracuse, NY Megadeth show!
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