I have spent the last fifteen years working in various guises in the music industry. I've been an artist manager and music-journalist, with my last incarnation as A&R guy over at Ruffworld Music, working with Joe Ruffalo (manager of Prince, Earth, Wind and Fire).
This long road led to the release of my first book - The Rock and Roll Times - Music Industry Bible. A High-Octane roller coaster blockbuster of sex and drugs on a biblical scale. Just kidding; It's actually a kick-ass guide showing young bands how they can create a career for themselves whilst chasing that never-gonna-happen-record-deal. And Win.
The platform for the book is the soon to be launched music website - The Rock and Roll Times. More news to follow...
My first book - The Rock and Roll Times - Guide to the Music Industry is a concise attempt at breaking down the myths, legends and bullshit surrounding the music industry, and how to break into it.
Aimed mostly at young bands trying to get a record deal, it is simply a Guerilla Guide for Indie brains and talent to create a platform whilst understanding a career in the music industry is a journey and not a destination. Maybe along the way the book can help them make a little bit more money and a little less ripped-off.
Chapters in the book range from: Rehearsals, Song-Writing, Gigs, Management, Legal, Recording, Getting Your CD into iTunes along with other valuable areas such as PR, Shooting Promo Videos and Merch.
Having spent many years in the music industry myself in various guises as A&R, management and Press; it became obvious as the digital world took over, it would bring more chances and opportunities for young bands to get their acts together professional and get their music heard over the digital airwaves . It was under this premise that the book was written.
Currently in development, are plans for music concept Websites that tie-in with a TV and Radio Show. More help is needed. If anyone out there would like plans, please feel free to get in touch.
Outside of that, other books are in development that include TV and Film scripts.
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by Will Beattie
Approx. 98,310 words.
Published on May 6, 2012.
Music Industry A&R man Zach Laudon watched as the remains of his life burned down around him. The dreams he built and lived, in the space of one week, had been ripped away.
But a chance meeting with a mysterious old man offering Zach his shot at redemption - to go back in time via the soundtrack to his life - all he had to do was play God’s Jukebox.
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