'MUSIC: THE BUSINESS - THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE LAW AND THE DEALS'
The above book was recommended to me by the girlfriend of one of the musicians I got to know via PP&P, who told me the book is "very useful for getting to know how the music industry works - maybe a little dated in places."
The link will take you to the 2008 version of the original (2000) book on Amazon. As one reviewer pointed out:
"You may or may not find this excellent book useful.
As I said, it is excellent and contains wealth of information. Anyone serious about their career should read this.
If you are looking for tips on how to get a record deal or ways to promote your music, you may be disappointed.
But if you want to have insight into music business and save yourself from a lot of frustration - this is what you need"
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS BOOK RELATES TO MUSIC LAW IN THE UK
(US LAW IS VERY DIFFERENT)
Bemuso.com is a music blog which explains the ins and outs of the music industry.
In Bemuso's own words: "It’s a DIY thing… debunking music biz middlemen since 2002."
Useful for those of you starting out in music.
BLACK VELVET ROCK MAGAZINE
Black Velvet is produced by Shari, who interviews bands, photographs them, reviews new music and does the layout design for the magazine. She founded the magazine back in 1994.
In B.V.'s own words:
"Black Velvet is a quarterly independent rock music magazine that hits the streets every February, May, August and November. Published and edited by Shari Black Velvet, it mostly covers rock and pop-punk - basically any good, catchy music. We're all about good songs.
Black Velvet is produced because of our love of rock music. We write about the bands we love - not those we don't. We can be a bit picky - so if you're a thrash or death metal band with lots of roars we may not be into you, the same as we're not really into hip-hop or watery shoegazer indie. We want to write about the music that inspires us - especially as printing costs money. We don't want to waste paper on bands we're not into.
Every issue is 40 pages jammed with the best rock music. Our interviews are in-depth and our reviews are insightful, honest and relevant."
Above: Black Velvet issue 74 (which I'm featured in!)
PHOENIX RISING WEBZINE
Phoenix Rising is based in Liverpool and provides information about the UK rock music scene, including CD reviews, gig reviews, photos and interviews with bands.
BREAK YOUR BAND - A GUIDE TO GETTING RADIO AIRPLAY
BY EMMA SCOTT
Emma Scott, gig promoter/author/dj, has been in the music business for 20+ years. This book contains some very sensible advice based on an unlimited knowledge by Ms. Scott.
If you are a new and/or unsigned band then you really need this book.
It includes the following:
Getting radio airplay - Where do you start?
Which DJ's do you send to?
What do you send?
What is a press pack?
What do you put in yours?
What is a plugger and do you need one?
How do you deal with radio interviews?
Do you need a manager?
Do you get paid for being on the radio?
You can purchase the book from:
PHOENIX MUSIC ONLINE
Phoenix Music Online is the creation of Haylee Roebuck which "brings you reviews, interviews and much more on music that matters!"
Haylee is also one of 5 writers for the online magazine who are based in various parts of the UK (and Spain!)
Sonyawebb.com is run by Sonya Webb - obviously - and has interviews, gig/album reviews as well as a news page.
In Sonya's own words on the site's Facebook page:
"This page has been set up for two reasons. Firstly, I love writing about anything music-related, including gigs, musicians, albums etc. Secondly, I offer a fast, efficient and confidential proofreading/editing service. Thirdly - (OK so there are three reasons for this page) I love music!"