By Moses Alalon, Moses Avalon
This can be the tale in the back of the list industry's hidden agendas. It comprises sensible advice on how musicians and manufacturers can guard their rights and guard their monetary stake within the track they bring. The part, "Scams and Shams" tells tales of ways humans were ripped off.
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All we had were gossipy stories about people like Morris Levy and the founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordyparanoid tales of how entrepreneurs swindled naive musicians and songwriters out of their money. As is common among engineers, after several of the records I worked on charted, I became a producer. I quickly realized that all I had heard as the artist's confessor was true. And, I'm sorry to say, I had become part of that very system, employing many of the same values that I had disagreed with years earlier.
171 18: Sneaky Lawyer Stuff 173 The "I Forgot to Mark the Contract" Trick 173 Virtual Terms 174 The Little Squeeze 175 Letters of Misdirection 177 The First Draft Is the Coldest 177 "Voted Out"The Band As a Corporate Entity 178 Legal-Ease? 181 Decoding of an Actual Warner Bros. " 199 Labels Sign Bad Acts for Tax Write-Offs 200 The Mercy Signing 201 20: Production Boners 203 You Need a "Master-Quality" Demo to Get a Deal 203 You Must Record On 24- (or 48-) Track Tape 204 Why the Cassettes Sound Muddy 205 Page xi 21: Marketing Mishigas 207 Lots of Airplay Assures Big Record Sales 207 "We Get to Say What Our Album Cover Will Look Like" 208 The Virtual Record StoreWill Albums Be Distributed over the Internet?
Disclaimer No. 1 Every effort has been made to provide the most up-to-date industry information available. It must be noted that the music industry is a constantly changing environment. New laws are changing the way artists will be paid, and companies are sold, resurrected, and merged every day. This book is a guide only, not a road map. Disclaimer No. 2 Nothing in this book should be misconstrued as legal or professional advice. Enough boring stuff. Let's get to it. Page vii TABLE OF CONTENTS Fast-Forward and Reverse Part 1: The Game 1 The Players 3 1: The Pros 5 Lawyers 6 Conflicts of Interest 8 A&R 9 A&R at the Indie Level 10 Managers 11 Publicists, Booking Agents, Tour Managers, and Image Consultants 13 2: The Creators 15 Musicians 15 The Survivor 16 The Jobber 18 Songwriters 19 Engineers 21 Artists 23 How Much Do Artists Make?
Confessions of a Record Producer by Moses Alalon, Moses Avalon