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All Area Access: Personal Management for Unsigned Musicians Paperback – October 1, 1997
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I found many useful features in this book, including the layout (spaced-out paragraphs with Bold headlines), the samples (press releases, logos, you name it), and the scope of information (basic to more advanced). The tone is conversational, as if you have a pal who's letting you in on the inside scoop of the music business. The typos did bug me, though -- didn't someone copy-edit this book before it went to press?
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the music business. It's a great place to start, and provides a lot of useful information.
Yes, things have changed A LOT since it was published, but this should be considered a vital resource for information on how each role works, and how the industry still runs.
I am a musician who's been working the L.A. scene for about 3 years. There is a lot of truth in "All Area Access," but I sort of get the impression that Marc Davison wrote the book because he couldn't make a living by playing in, or managing bands for that matter.
He provides some sample forms which are helpful. Things like call sheets and finance spreadsheets, but they are very poorly laid out on the pages. The illustrations are a little weak, and the typos are out of control.
I liked the book, and would certainly recommend it to beginning musicians. Those of you who have been around would be better suited with Donald Passman's "All You Need to Know About the Music Business," which can also be found here at Amazon.
Also for beginners, there's a book called "The Real Deal." It covers a lot of the basic questions that young musicians and managers might have.
Thanks for the time!
Jason Walry - Seriously Feline Los Angeles, CA
ALL AREA ACCESS is the best 380 pages I've ever read on this business. Finally, someone attacked the fundementals. I came away feeling much more enlightened about the industry and what it requires from me as an artist.
If you're a know it all loser like so many artists out there who have nothing better to do than complain about no one giving you a break, this books not for you. Then again nothing is.
I read it, followed the advice, especially the booking elements and the recording elements and I've got my band playing more shows and getting paid at least double what we did prior to reading it. If Mr. Davison is anyone, he's an elightened member of the business who took some time out of his life to teach those of us who know nothing other than how to play an instrument the most basic elements. Thank you sir!
There are many, many books out there about the music business, but many of them deal with the level beyond--courting a label, for example, or how to hire a press agent. This book is a bible for bands that are just getting started and need to learn the ins and outs of the scene. Worth every penny, and then some.
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