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on February 10, 2014
Since this books print, I am positive the whole approach on the Music Industry has changed dramatically...Thanks to piracy to be very blunt, and specific...Some of the concepts are written with the then still Huge Labels that ran most of the industry at one time...Warner Bros, Elektra, Geffen, Atlantic, Mercury, etc, etc, etc. Lets put it this way, back in the 80s it was common for even a mediocre band to sell between 10,000, and 50,000 copies...the better bands average 100,000, or even a million, Gold/Platinum, and it was common back then. Read a recent article, "Musicians Don't Quit Your Day Job." The average record sales for any band these days, thanks to piracy most obviously is a ridiculous 5,000 copies sold...Keep in mind, it costs sometimes millions to just record an album...although many have come up with basement studios since the technology has allowed it. Still you need someone to sponsor your band, push your album, advertise it, pay for videos, set up the touring, etc. Hence the result of why bands have to tour a year or two straight just to pay for the cost of the album...it is actually disgusting...On the other hand, the book is insightful on other specific areas, rather than spoil it for anyone, buy it, read it yourself, a worthy book to add to the library collection...
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on September 20, 2008
There are many things I like about this book, but what I like best is that it's honest. Unlike many other books, it doesn't promise you the world, and a successful career overnight, but instead gives you an inside look at the music industry and guides you on how to make things happen for yourself.
The language is conversational, and the author has a great sense of humour. It simplifies issues most artists find confusing (like legal documents and royalty calcuation!) and is a great read.
'Getting Signed!' is a text book, idiot's guide and light read all rolled into one. It helped me a lot, and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who wants to have anything to do with the music business.
George Howard also teaches a number of great courses at berkleemusic online.
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on May 25, 2015
I was so amazed by this book; everything you are thinking put to words in an understandable way and showing you practical uses! I just LOVE this book. I read it before I became one of Georges students at Berklee's Online Course Artist Management, and I am happy to see it was on my list of reading material. A great buy!
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on November 28, 2016
okay
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on December 20, 2009
Getting Signed is the ultimate musicians' resource. Whether you are a seasoned musician or aspiring to be signed, this is the best companion that will guide you through the evolving business of music. I find this book comprehensive, engaging and practically sound with the insider's view and views from others in the field. Getting Signed is an excellent guide to getting a record deal with Majors or Indies!
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on March 18, 2016
Excellent product!
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on April 1, 2010
George Howard's "Getting Signed! An Insider's Guide to the Record Industry" is a MUST read for any independent artist, or anyone thinking about starting their own label, or anyone working within the music industry. It is full of valuable information from the demo to the deal, and everything in between.
Glory Reinstein
Bluebird Promotions
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on December 25, 2015
nice words. never read them
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on April 2, 2010
I read this book cover-to-cover and attended George Howard's class at Berklee Music School. George is a very gifted individual and the book is written very well. It's full of no nosense, straightfoward information about the music business concerning the record industry. It will be the best money you ever spent on a book!
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on September 27, 2014
Great
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