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The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing Hardcover – 1 Jan 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2 edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423468546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423468547
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is well worth reading, especially if your aim is to write songs or set up a publishing company. The example of the various splits in royalties at the end of the book is really great as it breaks down and graphically illustrates royalty splits. I also like his no nonsense approach writing style. This is truly a good place to start if you know nothing and want to know something. I wish the same book could be from a UK perspective, however I am now reading The Art of Music Publishing by Helen Gammons - which is from a UK point of view.
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Great book! Good for beginner... like me. Really simple and easy to understand. Many examples give me some clues to understand the whole music publishing simply... Somehow, this book should be improved in writing quality, a bit boring to read. Thanks to the author. exx
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I bought this book as a kindle file and I am enjoying it so much, I am going to buy the hardback version. If you want to know about music publishing in fine detail, this is the book for you.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c3ee5b8) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc0e150) out of 5 stars Must Read For Anyone Getting Into The Music Business! 15 Mar. 2010
By A. Stancato - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I rarely offer feedback on a book. However, this is truly a great read. I began as a singer, musician in the early eighties. I have learned much of the business via osmosis, some of it incorrect. This book is deep. If you are new to the business or a veteran trying to REALLY learn the industry, plan on reading this book more than once. The chapters require a good understand of previous chapters to absorb and benefit the material. I discovered great insight for the least amount of investment I have ever spent in the music business.

Abbie Stancato
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc0e39c) out of 5 stars A Book Worth Its Weight in Platinum 1 Oct. 2010
By James Halifko - Published on Amazon.com
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I as a baby-boomer who has had made music an important part of my life "The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing, 2nd Edition" has enabled me to feel better about not having accomplished a significant success in the music business, and in the process lost the best of my intellectual property. My life as a singer songwriter began in the early sixties having been inspired by the folk music revival and the explosion of many popular music genres that permeated our culture. My bio would mirror the historical patterns quite well: I performed in groups and solo in folk, rock, jazz and country through the years. My best opportunity appeared around 1965 when the manager of a now successful artist wanted to record one of my songs after listening to it on a stoop on MacDougal Street: I asked the artist should I trust him and his response was nebulous so I didn't go to the recording studio. Until I read The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing, 2nd Edition I regretted that one, and similar decisions that I had made.

A 1A draft status, tech school, enlisting in the Army later anyway, a rocky marriage conspired to altered my path relegating my passion to write songs to a back burner. Through the years I continued to accumulate songs and even attempted to do something with them from time to time, but, an inner paranoia always kept me protective of "my stuff". After college and a second attempt at family life I thought I had learned enough to become my own publisher and record label owner: and this seemed to finally get me heading in the right direction -- another big BUT however -- I spent more on equipment, professionals and such that I found it difficult to see black ink and then I had a son born with a serious heart defect.

I chose to attend to family matters for the next 25 years -- family became the priority.

Now in my sixties I have been re-inspired because of Randall D. Wixen's book: The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing, 2nd Edition. Thank you very much Mr. Wixen. My paranoid protecting of my songs may have lead to meager success thus far, but my MUSIC IS STILL MINE and I can pass it on to my son. And, I still have time to put things in order and give it one more shot at "song writer's heaven"; all because your book has crystallized what I had learned on my own through experience, AND, filled in blanks, AND, has brought me into the present as far as the business realities are, AND, (lastly) your book has put it all into so concise and understandable a guide, that my hopes for accomplishing my life-long dream is better that ever.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc0e360) out of 5 stars You looking to understand Music Publishing better, read this book 6 May 2016
By Robert Biehn - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a guide! Nothing too special, exceedingly unique, or rare about it. You looking to understand Music Publishing better, read this book? HOWEVER! It's dated compared to the insane industry that is now.
HASH(0x9bc0e654) out of 5 stars A "Must Read" Book For Songwriters 10 Mar. 2016
By From the Musician's Pen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I ordered this book and Donald Passman's "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" at the same time, and read one after the other. So my review is really a brief comparison of the 2 books.

Passman's book has been around since 1991 and it's become an industry standard (I got the 2009 7th Edition) while Wixen's book came out in 2005 (but I think it will become a standard, it's already in its 2nd Edition). Passman's book is about the music business, so it covers a lot more material, while Wixen's book is focused on music publishing.

Both books offer great legal (and practical) advice at a bargain price, and both authors explain the legal jargon in easy, everyday language. In fact, they are so well written and entertaining that you don't want to stop reading them, almost like a good novel.

To me, Wixen's book is easier to follow, probably because he covers less material more thoroughly, using more examples. I have to back up more with Passman's book. Simply put, I enjoyed reading Wixen's book much more.

For songwriters, performers (i.e. musicians trying to make a "living" off their art), both books are worth owning as you will may need to reference this information time and time again. Both books contain a lot of information and you will have to read them a number of times to fully grasp it.
HASH(0x9bc0eb58) out of 5 stars Empowering Stuff 14 Sept. 2013
By Clyde Autumn Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I now know why this book is so small, Randall Wixen skipped all of the small talk. Every chapter contains vital information for the preserving rights of any Performing Artist. Although the industry is wide open due to Free Enterprise, you still need a break. When the break or opportunity comes knocking, you'll be more than prepared to comfortably reap the benefits from your gifted contributions through this book. The Plain and Simple Guide To Music Publishing 2nd Edition is the mother of Music Publishing common sense, and like they say, "Mother always knows what's best." I love this book because it's not just informative,it's instructional for those who really want full control of their work. Empowering Stuff is what it is.
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