If you’re a budding rock star you probably already live by the notion that rock ‘n’ roll should be a religion, and now courtesy of author Will Beattie, ‘The Rock and Roll Times – Music Industry Bible’ is here. It’s everything you’ll need for starting off and staying at the top in the music business.
Whether you’re interested in behind the scenes such as PR and A&R, or being in the spotlight singing, playing guitar or otherwise, all the golden nuggets about the business are right here. It also details what the industry big guns look for in bands and well structured hints and tips on how to achieve the right angles. As this is insider knowledge from someone who has worked in A&R, you’re getting advice from a different perspective that might otherwise be hard to come across.
Laid out clearly with separate sections – very bible-like – it’s easy to go straight to the ‘psalm’ for your needs. From promotion, to songwriting, to gigging, to legal advice, you learn it’s not just about making good music to get to the top, it’s about drive, passion, hunger, charisma and a whole lot of hard work.
Another great thing is the way it’s written. The language used is relaxed and friendly, a bit like having a chat with someone more than reading a how-to manual. This makes for a great and interesting read whether you’re trying to get into the business or not. There’s references to well known bands for the reader to relate to, such as AC/DC and Metallica, so you even get some insider gossip about them too.
Whether you’re looking to start a band, get into the music business or interested in the industry as a whole, this is great. Easy to understand, enjoyable to read and from an intelligent insider point of view. It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll, but keep the faith, and read on……