November 26, 2010

Recommended Reading

I'd like to start a new weekly post of sharing some sort of recommended reading item with you every Friday. As you probably know the music industry is constantly evolving and is fairly complex without all these new changes. One of the best ways to stay informed and educated is to read a lot: blogs, news articles, books, etc. So, to help you out I'll share one recommendation each week along with a link to each item.

If you were old enough in the late 90s to pay attention to the radio then you probably remember the song "Closing Time" by Semisonic. The drummer of the band wrote a book detailing the struggles and adventures of the band during their career and it is by far one of the best books I've ever read on the music industry.  It is non-fiction but written as a narrative and can help you learn about the different aspects of the music industry, like radio promotion and the A&R process, through an entertaining first hand account. Also, it is one of few books that tells you what the industry is like from the artist's perspective. It is interesting, entertaining, informative, and a great read! You can check it out at the link below.

So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life
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