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All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Eighth Edition Hardcover – December 4, 2012

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“If you want to be in music, you have to read this book.”
—Adam Levine, lead singer and guitarist, Maroon 5

About the Author

Donald S. Passman practices law in California and has specialized in the music business for more than thirty years, primarily representing talent. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Series: All You Need to Know About the Music Business
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 8th edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451682468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451682465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alexander Holz on August 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Passman's book is one of the best. Bar-none it's the best music industry "starter's guide". Passman nails the big points, uses humor to explain difficult concepts, and even maps out the ways to read/engage it. The only downside? It's not "All You Need to Know" in the 21st century.

The book lacks depth on some key areas (to be frank, it'd be hard for one book could hold it all). More emphasis is put on deals that most artists will never see, while important elements like online video (YouTube), streaming models, "DIY" and the like that would have greater impact for the masses are less noticeable. It'd be great to see him supplement this in the next iteration (these are released every 3 years) and by then we'll probably be onto another outlet.

Must-read as a starter guide, just don't expect it to be "All You Need to Know". There's more to the industry than is contained therein.
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this was used as a text book in my college classes, given to me again to read at my first job at harry fox, and i'm now reading it for the 3rd time with the new updates. this is the best book out there if you want to know about the workings of the music industry.
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Passman's book covers everything, right up to the new changes of the digital revolution that is taking place as I type...

I have read some other books and taken a course on EdX on the music business. This book is an excellent introduction to the clauses found in contracts, the negotiating points of contracts, the big picture of the music business, the options that artists have besides trying to sign with a major record label, and most importantly, what you can expect from each option that is out there.

This book makes clear the economics of the music business right now and how much money is out there for artists, where the money comes from, and whether and when (if) you can expect to get it.

It is written in clear language for everyone. Great read.
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There's a reason this is the best selling book about making it in the music business. It's packed with information. It's divided into tracks so if you're a song writer, you can read the parts you need. A performer can read the parts they need. You can, of course, read it cover to cover, as I did, to gain an understanding of the whole industry. Excellent book for anyone with an interest in the music business - in any form.
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This book is a great depth of knowledge on the laws and policies of the major label music business, but discusses nothing of how the new music business operates or anything you would need to know to get people to hear your music.
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Yes, I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to start a career or who's already in the music business. My professor is John Boylan his body of work spans over 50 years. Responsible for artist like Boston, Aero Smith, Linda Rondstat and countless others, both as an A&R Executive and as an Engineer/Producer. He teaches from this book, and myself being a touring musician and producer I have found this book to be spot on in many ways of explaing how the music business works.

This book is a must have!!!
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I'm still halfway through, but this book has blown my mind. I first learned about it via "Backstage: How I Almost Got Rich Playing Drums in a Christian Hardcore Band" by Aaorn Lunsford (drummer of As Cities Burn), which is also a highly recommended book. Being in a band, and also with an interest in the music business after my gigging days are over, I thought it might help me to read this. The amount of knowledge here is astounding, but also very easy to follow. I've already got dozens of good ideas just from the first half. Now on to the second!
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By JP on August 12, 2013
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A must read for every musician that wants to know the business and protect themselves and their creations. Whether for profit or intellectual property protection, get this book and read it. There is guide in the beginning to help you navigate what level of information you want to learn and what chapters to cover. This is a great idea. I studied it all and continue to use it and review it because it is a complex world out there. Be prepared, get it, read it, study it, and practice it. You won't regret it!
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