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The Indie Band Survival Guide, 2nd Ed.: The Complete Manual for the Do-it-Yourself Musician Paperback – September 4, 2012
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“[Chertkow and Feehan] are the ideal mentors for aspiring indie musicians who want to navigate an ever-changing music industry.” ―Billboard Magazine
“I've seen a lot of books over the years; I've worked on every side of it….[Chertkow and Feehan] have the most up to date reference book for young musicians.” ―Matt Pinfield, radio and MTV/VH1 television personality
“Finally! A comprehensive and practical guide for musicians that explains how to navigate today's music world without a label. A must-read!” ―Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby and HostBaby
“This is just the sort of zero-BS guide to modern artistic survival that should be in every artist's handbag.” ―Cory Doctorow
“Dear Parent: I hear your kid's band is starting to sound pretty good! The band is getting regular practices in; they're gigging a bit; they've got a logo and a Facebook page. How can you help them now? … Take a look at: The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual For The Do-It-Yourself Musician by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan.” ―Laura Lamere, "Parenting Creative Kids" blog
“Chertkow and Feehan are plugged-in to the mercurial world that is the music industry. Their straightforward approach to making your own rules in a world without them is exactly what new and experienced artists need… I'm going to call the publisher to inquire about a quantity discount for studios. Seriously. We should hand these out to every new client who comes in the door.” ―Garrett Haines, TapeOP Magazine
“The Internet is an extraordinary opportunity for musicians to make and profit from their music. This clearly written and comprehensive book shows exactly how. A perfect balance between the mess of the law and the promise of the technology, it should be read by anyone who wants to take their talent and share it--for the love of sharing, or for the profit.” ―Lawrence Lessig, author of Code, professor at Stanford Law School, founder of the Center for the Internet and Society, and CEO of the Creative Commons project
“Jam-packed full of incredible information. The Indie Band Survival Guide is a book that all artists, independent or not, need to own.” ―Ariel Hyatt, author, publicist, and founder of CyberPR
“[Chertkow and Feehan have] effectively produced a take-along, dog-earable handbook so anyone can follow in these well tread footsteps. ” ―BoingBoing
“Highly, highly recommended--for not only musicians, but for anyone and everyone living DIY.... It's also an incredibly invaluable resource for techies, writers, bloggers, social/digital media folk, producers, editors, and just about anybody with an interest in Indie/DIY culture.” ―Rockthought.com
“[Chertkow and Feehan] have collected a wealth of information and tools to help the indie band in getting recognized and their music distributed to their fans and, more importantly, the rest of the market.” ―Cybergrass
“The reason the guide is so good is simple...It's written by a pair of musicians, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan...I'll be recommending for years to come.” ―Journal Star (Lincoln, NE)
“Indispensable... This lively book offers such essential guidance in these changing times, no band should be without a copy.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
RANDY CHERTKOW (by day, a tech expert) and JASON FEEHAN (by day, an attorney) are lead members of Beatnik Turtle, a rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. Beatnik Turtle plays live, has produced eighteen albums, written music for TV, films, comedy shows at Second City, and has licensed music to ABC Family―all without a label.
Top Customer Reviews
Create an account on Second Life and promote your music there? Do personal performances for fans via Skype? Use anime clips as footage for your music videos? Consider writing a song that disses someone famous and "ride their coattails" to fame?
Am I missing something here, or are these ridiculous pieces of advice? I understand the authors are trying to cover all their bases, but what a lot of indie musicians just starting out don't understand is that there is SO much more they have to consider than just their music, and exposing aspiring indie bands to a barrage of information at once is honestly not that helpful. Songwriting, album production, copyright laws, sales, promotion, getting gigs, social media strategies, networking, and a number of other things are already complicated enough in their own right, and trying to manage all of them as an indie musician is nothing short of a nightmare. I won't say I didn't learn anything from this book, because I learned a ton, but I don't feel optimistic about delving into this at all. I feel like a more condensed version of this would have been much better, because it's annoying and difficult trying to sift through all the stupid details they think you should know.Read more ›
Plus, it's a fun/inspiring read.
When I started reading it, I realized that all the information is finally fresh! Saying more, English is my second language and I prefer reading books in my native language just because I might not understand them. I understood 99.9% of this book! That is how easy it is written. So, if you are a foreigner like I am, don't be afraid and get it.
Guys tell you everything step-by-step: how to write your music, make videos, check for the copyright laws, and the most important - how to PROMOTE your stuff! They give you a bunch of links that worth checking. Their advises are very easy. I knew some information before I was reading the book, but I still found a lot of new good stuff!
If you wonder whether or not you should buy it, get it! You will read it fast (I did, and I'm a slow reader)!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This came across as a basic rough draft of an outline of ideas. Not really what I thought it would be based off of reviews.Published 1 month ago by John S Durham
All the necessary items that you need to deal with as a songwriter and musician in today's world of business in the music industry.Published 17 months ago by Darrell Lea
Great book good for trying to help you get your band on a roll.Published 18 months ago by Anthony L.
very clear and useful . I have many pop up colored notes to go back to.Published 20 months ago by NanW
There is so much current and relevant information in this book that if you're involved in making music, you have no choice. Just buy it!Published 21 months ago by redpepper
Exquisitely put-together, nuts-and-bolts manual that anyone in entertainment could benefit from readingPublished 21 months ago by Ganesh
Abundantly informative, like no other resource for musicians every where.Published 22 months ago by Dr. Tony Fletcher
Indispensable guide to any musician trying to make it. This is my bible, and I'm not even in a band anymore. I use the material in this book for writing. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Daniel E. Donche Jr.