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Your Band Is A Virus - Expanded Edition (Volume 2) Paperback – November 29, 2012
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- "Bottom Line: This book can really change your life." - Indie Music Digest
- "Your Band Is A Virus - Expanded Edition," is inspiring, relevant and informative." - Examiner.com
- "We can safely highly recommend Your Band Is A Virus." - Aarti Kelapure, Evolver.fm
- "This book is one of the premiere promotional tools available to independent musicians." - I Am Entertainment Magazine
- "This book has meat." - Heather Jacks, The Noise Beneath The Apple
- "If you're an Independent band, then this book is a MUST read." - The Mosh Pit Music
- "There are hundreds, if not thousands of relevant links in this book." - Two Guys Metal Reviews
- "If you read Malcom Gladwell's best-seller "The Tipping Point" and you were wondering "now how do I apply this to market my music?"- Moore is here to answer your prayers." - Red House Reviews
- "A complete marketing guide for musicians." - Musicperk.com
- "This book is a must read." - Your Spokesman Speaks
- "Your Band Is A Virus" is jam packed with tips of the trade and is a viral marketing guide to success. - Muzicnotez.com
- "James Moore has refreshed what was already a very essential and fruitful publication, and made it thoroughly more relevant across the board, including something for everyone, regardless of your specific role within the music industry." - Thinklikealabel.com
- "James Moore's book, "Your Band is a Virus", is an incredible starting point and will help you set a plan to make your dreams come alive. All you have to do is read and do the work, it is that simple. 5 out of 5." - Rebecca Hosking, SKOPE Magazine
- ""Your Band is a Virus Expanded Edition" comes highly recommended for anyone who is looking to sell their art form for public consumption." - Nathan Pike, All What's Rock
- "A book you should read if you're hoping to get some tips about making your band more successful." - Alan Cross, alancross.ca
- "James Moore has done us a huge favor here by "synthesizing" everything you need to know how to start putting out your music out there." - How-To-Publish-A-Book.org
- "Having read Your Band Is A Virus myself, I can highly recommend it to any serious independent musicians and bands to get hold of a copy." - Jabberdi.com
- "Your Band Is A Virus is definitely the ultimate music marketing guide as the cover suggests. From front to back, this is one of the most thorough books on indie music marketing I have read since discovering Bob Baker of the Buzz Factor in 2007." - Joshua Smotherman, Midtnmusic.com
- "To avoid getting overwhelmed by what it really takes to succeed in the music business, buy this book." - Ellen Eldridge, Target Audience Magazine
From the Author
Hi everyone, I'm particularly excited about releasing "Your Band Is A Virus - Expanded Edition", as the main goal of the book was to have a real, human conversation free from hype and illusory promises. There is so much unnecessary talk in the music industry, and it's easy to become distracted. The over-arching philosophy has become convoluted and confused, and artists are confused too.
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I think this tome is an excellent resource for musicians and offers a lot of information you aren't going to read elsewhere.
The best thing about Moore's book is how much information it contains. It is stocked with countless links, for instance, related to his various music business chapters. Sure, you can spend your days searching the internet for relevant websites. But why not buy Moore's book and have them all at your fingertips? I'm not a musician, but a music journalist, and I found at least five good writing leads from this book; ones I didn't even know existed before reading the book.
More than just listing links, though, this work contains Moore's experienced commentary on each link. He's contacted many of these himself and gives his honest opinion on whether or not they're worth a musician's time.
It's also the way he goes into the pros and cons of different music business hot topics. For instance, if you're a musician and you're wondering if you should give away free music, this book contains Moore's sound opinion on the topic. Granted, everybody wants to make money. But in today's world, musicians won't make any money until they create a track record proving they're worth it. The title of his book speaks of how a band/musician is a virus. In other words, you're no longer a producer of products for sale. Rather, you ARE the product. You must make yourself a valuable commodity. You need to get yourself talked about. You need to get listened to. That's way giving away, say, a free mp3 can be a great way to give just a part of yourself away so others want more.
The book is broken into various chapters on multiple topics, and is not really intended to be read from cover to cover, which is the way I did it. Therefore, readers can skip around and read what they most need to know. For instance, there's a good chapter on creating a music video. In it, you can learn who the major players in the video field are, as well as what you need to know as far as funding and time spent needs to be. I've never considered making a music video myself, but I know where to start if I ever did.
I found only on small drawback in this book, and it only happens a few times at the beginning. There are a couple of places where Moore references Wikipedia articles to support his case. While Wikipedia is a quick and easy source of information in a pinch, I don't as a writer use it for source material since it can be modified by people that aren't truly experts in their fields. When Moore comes out with his next edition -- which will likely be necessary in the ever-changing music business -- I hope he uses more established source material in these places.
Nevertheless, the above is a small complaint because Your Band is a Virus is the first book I've found that gathers together so much valuable information in one place. If you're a musician that's just getting started, you will save yourself a lot of headaches if you read this book first.
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I love to hear this song more than 1000 times. I am Loving it.
This new version is worth the rebuy and I found many great tips for independent musicians.