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This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industry, Eighth Edition (Book & CD-ROM) Hardcover – June 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0823077571 ISBN-10: 0823077578 Edition: 8th
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Published since 1964, This Business of Music is recognized as the industry textbook, and Krasilovsky, a music and copyright lawyer, offers broad and deep treatment of contracts, royalties, loans, tax issues, videos, and copyright. The new edition presents the industry in four parts: an overview, the record industry, music writers and publishers, and other aspects of the business. The coverage of technology makes sense of recent and coming changes to the laws affecting the industry, the new music delivery mechanisms, and the impact on the organizations that oversee performance rights. The writing is clear, and Krasilovsky presents complicated legal, financial, and strategic information without oversimplifying. An exceptionally rich appendix reprints important primary-source documents like the Berne Convention and the 1996 WIPO Memorandum. There is also a directory of music industry web sites. The attached CD-ROM contains copyright regulations and registration material along with numerous forms, agreements, and licenses. Both books are excellent references that improve and expand upon the earlier editions. All You Need To Know will be most appreciated by performers and writers, while This Business will be helpful to those who work on the business side.DJoan Pedzich, Harris Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

M. William Krasilovsky is a lawyer specialising in music and copyright matters. Sidney Shemel died in 1994, his work on the first six editions of this book is still very much in evidence throughout the current text. John M. Gross has a general entertainment practice with a speciality in music law. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: This Business of Music: Definitive Guide to the Music Industry
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books; 8th edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823077578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823077571
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on December 29, 2000
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Performing, Promoting and Producing music is one thing. Music Law is another - - and when you're not a million dollar record company but just another guy trying to make and promote music, and you can't afford $200.00 an hour for *multiple* legal consultations, you might be at a disadvantage, especially when you're dealing with slicksters who do.
This book for long has been one of the few serious resources available to individuals who need to really understand "the industry" and the laws relating to you and it (including how to protect your own work and performances as well as making agreements with other people, and not infringing copyright law.) About 5 years ago it underwent a major make over to deal with the digital revolution and other chages in the industry (including the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998) and now even has a CD rom with plenty of printable legal documents, including 23 sample agreements.
The book might not have any cute picures and rock and roll stories, but if you need a serious understanding about everything fo contracts, agreements, performing rights, protecting ideas and titles, agents and managers, various legislation and so on and so forth, this is an essential work of reference. It is defitely *not* just another "Cheesy Wannabe Pop Star Magazine Presents : How To Get Your Demo Heatf and Become a Big and Groovy Recording Artist" type book, nor is it written in such legalese, that you need a lawyer to disencipher it... it is basically the definitive reference manual for any individual involved or getting involved in the music industry to have on hand.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Niel Shell on October 20, 2000
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As the grandson of the prominent composer Nathaniel Shilkret, who left a legacy of several hundred works--many published by the company bearing his name, I was in need of information about the music business, with a presentation that is understandable by the layman. After obtaining several books about the music business, I found that this book uniquely fitted my needs. It is comprehensive, completely up-to-date, clear and very well organized . My relation to the composer placed me in an unusual situation not addressed in other books, but all the details of the recent (1998) relevant law were included and easy to find in "This Business of Music." This information saved me from losing royalty income. This book is not a page-turner novel for an easy night's entertainment; it is a quality reference book to be used over the years by anyone who has a serious need for information about the BUSINESS of music. Also, when I bought the book, I found it included a useful bonus: a CD with relevant laws and, more importantly, relevant sample contracts. I have many useful books in my library that are five or more times the price of this book but do not contain as much information.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matt on October 23, 2000
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If you want dtailed information on all aspects the music industry, then this is the book you want. It's packed with everything you would need to know, and now it even comes with a CD ROM with contracts and forms, at no extra cost. If you just want fluff that covers only a few areas of the industry that reads like a Harry Potter book, then there are plenty of other books out there for that.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gene A. Perla on October 13, 2000
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As a musician, composer, arranger, producer, recording engineer, audio studio owner, video production chief, theatrical sound designer, record label owner, and university educator, I have been using Krasilovsky's book as a reference since 1971. This is not a book for the casual reader. It requires serious inquiry. This tome is a no-nonsense, meat and potatoes, let's dig in and get the goods resource for the professional, as well as the dedicated wannabees. And now, it comes with a CD which makes life so much simpler for those who want to cut and paste their contracts and agreements with ease. Highly recommended, you would be doing yourself a favor if you use "This Business" to achieve your dreams.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1998
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I have been using this book since 1979. Each new edition keeps up with the current trends in the music Industry. I actually negotiated 2 record contracts and a song writers contract using the suggested guidelines out of this book. It is the most accurate book on the music industry I have found. The best money I ever spent on myself!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1998
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I'VE BEEN FAMILIAR WITH THIS PARTICULAR INDUSTRY REFERENCE SINCE 1990 (FIFTH EDITION). THEREFORE I FIND IT VERY INFORMATIVE FOR THE NEW BREED AND PROFESSIONAL ALIKE. IT COVERS SO MUCH ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY THAT ITS A MUST HAVE IN ANY MUSICIANS/PUBLISHER LIBRARY.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary Tittle on April 3, 1998
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If you are breaking into the world of music or if you have been a professional for years - THIS book is one to put at the top of your list for personal reference. It contains about every subject you can imagine you would ever need information about in front of your face. This book will SAVE you time and money. It includes contract forms, licensing facts, copyright guidelines, and live performance facts and information for the peformers that need the information the very most! I have been purchasing this book at least every other year for nearly 20 years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Howard Jones on November 10, 2002
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ZZZZZZZZzzzzzz... This book is like "This Business of Music." It's full fo great info, but it's really, really, really boring. This is something you'd read in a college classroom. I think most musicians would be better off getting some of the newer music business books that are out now which concentrate more on getting out there, making a name for yourself, and making money. Get a few bucks together and go buy the Indie Bible by David Wimble to get some contacts going, get How I Make $100,000 in Music by David Hooper to show you how business people think and how to increase your income playing music, and get Buzz Your MP3 to help get your online promotion together. These are all quick reads with really good info and no filler. Once you have read them, come back for this one. You'll understand it a lot better.
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