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What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths) Paperback – January 12, 2010
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When I started reading it I thought, OH NO, its gonna put me to sleep. Perhaps at times, but mostly I found myself realizing I had not asked myself certain essential questions...which woke me right up!
It IS thick with legal issues. But, we are at this moment budgeting a tour and also negotiating with a manager...and the book made me think of things I would not have thought of. It looks like the book may have saved us from running the tour in the red (at a loss)! We will see how it all works out soon.
Gives a good view of how the money moves in the music business. It gives you ideas you can try to use in negotiations for a better arrangement. Lots of things to avoid and to think about that often get overlooked. What to think about before you sign that contract.
We are negotiating a deal and I pulled out this book and looked through the chapter corresponding to our deal. I got a whole page of questions and things to discuss BEFORE we finalized.
That IS one of Thall's goals with this book. If you forget to discuss it before you sign, then it is too late to talk about it later.
I have read "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" by Donald Passman and I recommend this as a Compliment to that excellent tome on the biz. If you are looking at them both trying to decide...you will have to decide what the application is. If you are an Indie artist/Manager at the early stages of your career then I would say, though "All You Need" is a more comprehensive overview, this may be more easy to take in and applicable to the issues you will be facing right now.
I do recommend them both as Passman discusses many issues not covered here.
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Excerpted from Book Review of The New York State Bar Association, Committee on Entertainment, ARt, and Sports Law. Originally published in Winter 2002-2003, Volume 13, No. 3 issue, a publication of the Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law section: New York Bar Association. Used with permission.
This information can evoke essentials that you may not even know exist, and help hedge against potential trouble like heeding regulations and scrutinizing your assembled team bridging your weaknesses with your strengths.
It is rare...or nearly impossible to be given legitimate sincere advice on the ins/outs of the music industry via published works. "Confessions" is one, and this is definitely another!
Looking at the artist's net earnings after all expenses, and the standard recording agreement most companies draft up, no wonder some artist's are labeled sell-out's and are criticized for their envisions and protuberances.
If you're 100% serious about making a living working in the music recording industry, and looking to save time and money, "What They'll Never Tell You About The Music Business" is a major fundamental. It's a Prerequisite, expressive and totally educational, no-holds-barred. One of the most unnerving experiences about being in the music business is getting ripped off. Read this so you won't!
If you are currently in or thinking about getting into the music industry, make the modest investment and purchase this book---to get this much advice, guidance, and perspective from a qualified attorney, particularly one with Mr. Thall's impressive resume, you will easily spend hundreds or thousands more than the cost of this excellent book.
suspense. It's dense with information and uniquely revealing about
all the player's agendas. Couldn't put it down - best music business
book there is.
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I didn't learn much about the music business that was useful, but at the time, I didn't have a crying need to get deeply involved in this. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eric Leberg
Clear, concise, well written and very, very informative!!! I have been involved in the music business on and off for many years now. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stephen
This is not a tell-all type book with page-turning stories about hookers and blow. It's a comprehensive book about the legal and financial ins and outs of the music industry. Read morePublished 21 months ago by zkcom1
For the professional in talent/music management, this book may rate 5 Stars. However, it is not an easy read for someone outside the profession to simply learn about the business... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Oma L Rose
A MIUST HAVE IN THE LIBRARY!!! Highly recommended for those who are seeking an understanding. This book is a KEEPER...Published on October 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
maybe i'm just too optimistic about the music business, but this book is a bummer. just is not a fun read. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Chris