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on 9 June 2009
I have this book to thank for inspiring my cousin, who after leaving school had no idea what steps to take to get into the music industry. The problem was that he only had a vague idea of what exactly he wanted to do. Curious, I flicked a multitude of books and was dismayed at the number of them that offered quick fixes, or perfect paths for would-be singers. That just wasn't him. So I was impressed by the depth and sincerity of the research in this book immediately, as well as the clarity of the advice. I knew that it would actually connect with him. I actually read it from cover to cover before I handed it over, really thrilled to find a reference book that did not try and patronise or give false expectations of overnight fame. Now he knows that music marketing or PR would make best use of his talents and he is eager to make the journey to follow that dream.

I would recommend this book for anyone with a teenager just about to set out into the difficult and confusing world of work. Or even for graduates to buy themselves, as the information is just as relevant. I now know what A & R is and the importance of various roles such as production, the qualifications and aptitudes needed to succeed.

This definitely isn't aimed at anyone wanting tips to win talent shows or anyone who has vague ambitions of 'maybe being in a band.' It has got a lot more going for it than that. It won't delude the young into thinking that five minutes of fame is better than a solid, rewarding and well paid career. Anyone who follows the advice in this book could be one of the next mover and shaker in the industry, rather than a five minute wonder.
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on 9 June 2009
'Working In the Music Industry' is not a book about making it as a musician, but is divided into chapters exploring the jobs and people in the BACKGROUND of every pop star, rock band or world-famous conductor. This is not a how-to guide for would-be pop stars. (Phew.) Instead, it's a no-nonsense insider's view on the real work in the real industry. A great read for anyone who loves, loves, loves music and wishes to explore a career here...
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on 19 September 2014
Really good and easy book to read. Perfect for someone like me who isn't really sure how to get there foot in the door in the music industry. recommend to anyone who is going through the same.
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on 12 October 2004
Thinking about a career path is very difficult for us youngsters especially when all you want to be is the next Noel Gallagher. I learnt so much about the structure of the music industry and what options were available to me. This book really did help me - a must read for anyone considering any role in the music industry, whatever your age.
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on 14 January 2016
Very useful read for teenagers especially interested in all aspects of the music industry.
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on 20 September 2015
really great book if you are thinking of what career in the music business would suit you.
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on 1 January 2011
This was a present for a young man who is very much "into" muisc - he was thrilled with it.
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on 1 August 2014
A good book for ideas/advise
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on 31 July 2013
A great book, especially for music industry students needing a broad understanding of industry roles. The roles cover are varied enough however, obviously greater depths exist as do case studies. The case studies in the book aren't really case studies although they do give some insight into how an individual got a particular job.
An invaluable resource for students, a good refresher for industry workers.
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on 9 October 2015
Excellent
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