Below is a brief list of recent books that should be of interest to those who study or work in the music industry.
Avalon, Moses. Confessions of a Record Producer: How To Survive The Scams And Shams Of The Music Business. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books, 1998.
Bayton, Mavis. Frock Rock: Women Performing Popular Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Buskin, Richard. Inside Tracks: a first hand history of popular music from the world’s greatest record producers and engineers. New York: Avon Books, 1999.
Cauty, Jimmy and Drummond, Bill. The Manual (How To Have A Number One The Easy Way). London: Ellipsis Publications, 1998.
Cunningham, Mark. Live & Kicking: the rock concet industry in the nineties. London: Sanctuary Publishing Co., 1999. (This book is about the technical aspects of concert production, not the business.
Dickerson, James. Women On Top: the Quiet Revolution That’s Rocking The Amerian Music Industry. New York: Billboard Books, 1998.
Ewbank, Alison, J. and Papageorgieu, Fouli T. (Editors) Whose Master’s Voice? The Development of Popular Music in Thirteen Cultures. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997.
Fisher, Jeffrey P. Ruthless Self-Promotion In The Music Industry. Emeryville: Mix Books, 1999.
Gronow, Peter and Saunio, Ilpo. An International History Of The Recording Industry. London: Cassell, 1998. (Editor’s note: This book appears in few bookstores, but is worth searching out.)
Hall, Charles W. and Taylor, Frederick J. Marketing In The Music Industry, 2nd Edition. Needham Heights: 1998.
Holzman, Jac and Daws, Gavan. Follow the Music: The Life and High Times of Elektra Records in the great years of American Pop Culture. Santa Monica: First Media Books, 1998.
International Managers Forum. The IMF Handbook, 2000: A Guide To Professional Band Management. London: Sanctuary Publishing, 1999.
Kerner, Kenny. Going Pro: Developing a Professional Career in the Music Industry. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Books, 1999.
Lathrop, Todd and Pettigrew, Jim Jr. This Business Of Music Marketing & Promotion. New York: Billboard Books, 1999.
McPherson, Brian, Esq. Get it In Writing: The Musician’s Guide to the Music Business. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Books, 1999.
Naggar, David, Esq. The Music Business (Explained In Plain English.) Second edition. San Francisco: Daje, Publishing, 2000.
Negus, Keith. Music Genres And Corporate Cultures. London: Routledge, 1999.
Northam, Mark and Miller, Lisa Anne. Film and Television Composer’s Resource Guide: The Complete Guide to Organizing and Building Your Business. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corp., 1998.
Poe, Randy. A Songwriter’s Guide: Music Publishing. Revised Edition. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 1997.
Rapaport, Diane Sward. How To Make and Sell Your Own Record. 5th Ed. New York: Prentice Hall, 1999.
Schwartz, Dayelle, Deanna. Start & Run Your Own Record Label. New York: Billboard Books, 1998.
Segrave, Kerry. Payola In The Music Industry: A History, 1880-1991. Jefferson, McFarland & Co., Publishers, 1994.
Spellman, Peter. The Self-Promoting Musician: Strategies for Independent Music Success. Boston: Berklee Press, 2000.
Stim, Richard, Esq. Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business. Berkeley: Nolo Press, 1998.
Summers, Jodi. Making and Marketing Music: The Musician’s Guide to Financing, Distributing and Promoting Albums. New York: Allworth Press, 1999.
Steinberg, Irwin & Greenblatt, Harmon, Eds. Understanding The Music Business: A Comprehensive View. Needham Heights: Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing, 1998.
Stone Chris. Audio Recording: The Sound Of Money. Boston, Focal Press, 2000. (Teacher’s workbook also available.)
Weissman, Dick. Making A Living In Your Local Music Market: Realizing Your Market Potential. Revised edition. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corp., 1999.
Note: A new (5th) edition of the David Baskerville book: Music Business Handbook & Career Guide has been announced for July, 2000.