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All You Need to Know About the Music Business Paperback – December 2, 2004

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An entertainment lawyer whose clients include many from the top of the music charts, Passman has written a book that sets out to give musicians, performers, and songwriters the tools to hire advisers, market their careers, protect their creative works, and generally cope with a complex industry in a state of flux. Passman explains boilerplate language, the complexities of royalties and advances, and label and distribution deals; a section on record deals begins with an overview of the business and works through all the steps. The "Adventures in Cyberspace" chapter is a helpful summary of the way CD-ROMs and the Internet are affecting the business. Included here is information on recent legislation and a look at how digitizing music delivery will continue to change things. Packed with illustrations, sample calculations, and definitions, All You Need To Know is humorous and accessible enough for those who just want to understand the business while being detailed and documented enough for those who make a living from it.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Michael Eisner Chairman and CEO, Walt Disney Company An entertaining and professionally written primer on the music business. --Review

"Should be required reading for anyone planning or enduring a career in the biz."-- Rolling Stone

"Any creative person who's considering working in the music business should read this book."-- Jimmy Lovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records

"I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the music business."-- David Geffen

"I've spent ten years trying to get Don to open up like this to me. Never has he been so eloquent, so patient, or so thorough. It cost me a fortune to get these diamonds from Don: Now you can have them. For your own. At a fraction of the cost."-- Tom Waits

"This man is so knowledgeable that it's difficult negotiating with him. The book is terrific and a must-read if you want to know how the music business works."-- Joe Smith, former president and CEO, Capitol Records/EMI Music, Inc.

"I almost hesitate to recommend Don's book -- it gives away more inside information than it should."-- Mo Ostin, chairman of the board, DreamWorks Records

"An entertaining and professionally written primer on the music business."-- Michael Eisner, former CEO, the Walt Disney Company

"I highly recommend Don's book to anyone who has ever been interested in the music business. His experience and insight into the inner workings of the music world make this an indispensable work."-- Quincy Jones

"If I'd had this book when I started, I'd be ten times richer and would have saved a fortune in legal fees." --Ed Bicknell, manager, Dire Straits --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 4th edition (December 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141018453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141018454
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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