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Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract Paperback – 18 Oct 2001

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"Moses leaves you with a broader understanding and deeper sympathies for all involved." - Gig"

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Moses Avalon has produced and engineered records for major and independent labels, earning several gold and platinum awards. He lives in Miami.

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The concept of this book is simple: that the key to success in the record business game lies in learning a new language that I call LabelSpeak. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Real World Advice from a Real Guy - Highly Recommended 20 Sept. 2003
By JM - Published on
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Not only is this book (and it's prequel, "Confessions of a Record Producer") the real deal, so is the man who wrote it. I was so impressed by his first book that I contacted him as a consultant on a producer/artist agreement I was negotiating (I am a producer). My goal was to come up with something that was actually fair to both parties and Moses got us to that point quickly. His suggestions were works of innovation that surprised and satisfied everyone.
I also attended his 2-day seminar which dissects recording contracts. Here he dispelled the many misconceptions I had about record companies and their contracts AND he helped me to understand what is really being said in these contracts (and it's scary!).
He is not a lawyer, but one of the most insightful men I've met. Lawyers pay HIM for his advice. He REALLY understands contracts and explain things in a manner no one else seems to be able to do - it must be a sixth sense.. Highly recommended reading. Both his books should be permanent reference books for anyone in the music business. Besides, they're fun reads, unlike most other "how-to" music-biz books.
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Absolutely perfect. 25 May 2002
By Michael M. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Avalon fills the books with plain text translations of virtually every major clause in a standard record deal and makes it very easy to understand. He puts in plenty of narration and real world examples to let you see how each of these clauses can come into play and where loopholes lie so you won't just have to take your lawyer's word for really anything. Great book. Will save you tonnes of cash in legal fees and might end up saving your career. My only complaint is that he uses false names for all the stars he talks about in his examples to protect himself from being sued. But a lot of them are really famous so if you think about it you can figure a few out (I found the Michael Jackson one quite an eye opener). Definitely recommend it.
A classic!!!!!!!!! 2 July 2006
By Maeson - Published on
Format: Paperback
As soon as I bought the book I could not put it down I read it from top to bottom non-stop. This book is an easy read and very applicable. I highly recommend this book to gain greater insights in the Music business or any business. It was a great buy along with a couple of manuals purchased from entitled the Indie label Kit on Amazon, Music business 101, future of music and Guide to releasing an independent record by Tim Sweeney.
Real Negotiating Secrets! 13 Jan. 2014
By Kamal Jabbar CEO Palace Music Group, LLC - Published on
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Some information should be taught on the university level. Every music executive learning the business should be required to read this information. NO! The future business executives in the digital music business need to master/know this information to protect their future clients in the digital age. “To struggle and to understand. Never the last without the first. That is the law.”.― George Mallory
For the most part, very good! 20 Oct. 2014
By Glynn Warwick - Published on
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Very extensive but some areas are vague and would require more explanation .... A must-read however, for newcomers to the music industry!
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