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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Eagle (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580650481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580650489
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

PLEASE MAKE CORRECTION: The CD that accompanies this book is NOT an audio CD. The disc is a CD-ROM. The disc is a music industry contact directory. Could you please make this important change. There is NO music on this CD-ROM

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"The beauty of this whole thing is that there’s a guy who’s playing a gig tonight in a shitty club with sawdust on the floor who’s going to be the next Dave Matthews Band. Somehow—without radio, without promotion, with a van, a little CD burner and his laptop—he’s going to reach millions of people. We don’t know who that is, but I know he’s out there."
—Ron Fair, Producer and President of A&M Records

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It's a must read for anyone who's interested in the music industry.
Keith Holzman
I am a computer nerd from way back, and I could see that over the years to come... this could be my big chance to accomplish my dream if the cards were played right.
Steve McAnulla
The second thing that is unbelievable is how great of a read this book truly is.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of music biz books out there. The problem with my old favorites is the basics are there, but they are really outdated with the current changes in the music industry. Less than two weeks ago, I read this new release "The Ultimate Survival Guide to the New Music Industry: Handbook for Hell" written by Justin Goldberg. The writer has 15+ years under his belt and first hand experience with what new artists and other music biz wannabes face today. In my opinion, it is a crucial . .let me repeat crucial . . information guide that anyone genuinely interested in the music business should sit down and read. Unless you know the basics about copyrights and royalty distribution, you will be led around by your nose. This book covers TV, film, albums, copyright, record deals, lawyers, managers, indie labels and paints the big picture clearly. It also comes with a CD (not audio) that has numerous business forms that you need to be familiar with and a whole list of contacts for record companies, radio, managemnt, etc. It is the best music biz book I have read in a very long time. It is now the first book I recommend to anyone for this new age of music business that we find ourselves in. A Must Read for anyone who is seriously interested in pursuing a career in today's music field, where I myself have logged twenty+ years.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By John W. Turner on November 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am truly puzzled by the other reviews of this book. I'm wondering if maybe I bought a different edition or something, because the book I read had none of the things others are describing, and none of the things promised in the promo copy.

I bought this book based on the reviews. My goal was to learn how to release independent music (my own). For example, the promo copy for the book specifically says that readers will learn "how to effectively release independent albums". Yet on reading the book, the guide to releasing an independent album was nowhere to be found. Reading the book, the only things I found that even remotely resembled advice on how to release an independent album were anecdotal comments from a few industry executives along the lines of "it is different now than it was back in the day, now you just have to be ready to do whatever you need to do, and remember to follow up." Absolutely no help at all.

The book consists entirely of anecdotal interviews with various music industry executives. There are no step by step guides. There are no checklists, there are no plans. Just the author interviewing industry execs. These execs in turn ramble and reminisce about things that happened in the distant past, how they got their start, who they worked with, etc. No concrete information whatsoever.

The book NEVER mentions the CD-ROM that was included. The CD-ROM is not covered in the table of contents, nor is it addressed in the book itself. You would think that an author might write something like "the first thing you need is a contract (see the file named contract.doc in the FILES directory on the CD)". If you read this book, you will see nothing of the sort.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Wolfe on March 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is not a "How-To" book, so much as a collection of interviews with diverse people in the industry. While the interviews were interesting and had some relevant information, and the author has obviously spent alot of time in the business, the CD-Rom was a complete disappointment. First, it's Windows only which it doesn't say anywhere that I could see. So I spent time trying to open it on my Mac, before realizing this. Second, once I did get it onto a windows machine, it didn't auto-launch. Once it did launch, there was a nicely done intro piece that lead to... a very unprofessional and hard-to-use user interface. To add insult to injury, the items I wanted most were apparently not available without some sort of membership; so I felt I was being given a "Hard-sell", on a product I had already purchased.

I tried to get to the "sample pages" and documents that sounded interesting and useful to me, but the CD kept looping me back to promote a particular band, and to "sign up for this website", which I did not want to do. It began to look like the whole reason the CD-Rom was created, was to get people to sign up - to what seems to be a very poorly structured, unprofessional website that I frankly couldn't find when I tried to, by URL! To give credit where it's due, the CD-Rom does seem to be somewhat useful as a reference tool for non-commercial radio stations and the like, but I didn't feel it was exclusive info not available elsewhere.

I have a band and my own indie label. The books I have found to be MOST helpful so far in getting off the ground are:

Label Launch: A Guide to Independent Record Recording, Promotion, and Distribution by Veronika Kalmar - covers all the basics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "bahu12" on June 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finally an honest book about today's music industry! After buying and reading too many other books promising the "secrets" to success in the music industry, I decided to take a chance and read this one mainly due to the frankness of the title "handbook for hell" which many bands playing original music can testify is the appropriate title for finding success in music. The greatest strengths of this book are the directness and honesty with which Justin points out the unfortunate truths about the industry - while providing an outline for success - even if you aren't an "American Idol". It's also easy to read and entertaining while quite instructive. This book brought new life to my band and should be required reading for any original band.
A great side benefit is the accompanying disc for PC that is packed full of crucial contact info.
If you wanna be a sucessful musician playing original music - get this book!
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