AMAZON BOOK REVIEW:
eye opener for musicians, August 6, 2005
If you are an aspiring musician and have been offered a contract with a label, consider reading this book first. Moore offers in plain language a sober analysis of how the music business works. He discusses issues that many amateur musicians might be unaware of.
Plus, a contract offered to a new, hitherto unsigned band is often badly skewed in favour of the label. The band has very little leverage and it’s not a level playing field.
Moore also discusses the typical cut from the royalties. Taken by the label for the cost of promotions. Like mailing free CDs of the band’s music to radio stations and reviewers. Unwary musicians often don’t realize how much of their already minimal royalties can get eaten up this way.
W Boudville *(Australia)