Confessions of a Record Producer

How to Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business

5th Edition – Revised and Updated

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Moses Avalon

For more than 15 years, Confessions of a Record Producer has exposed the inner workings of the music business and empowered artists to protect their interests. With inside knowledge and hard numbers, Moses Avalon reveals the truth of how the industry functions (or dysfunctions), showing what artists actually make from their “hits” and how producers, labels, managers, and even the artists' own lawyers conspire to rip them off.

This is the only music business trade book that:

• Intimately analyzes the differences between ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC

• Compares different types of record deals using real-world math and dollar figures

• Speaks critically about relationships between big industry entities and how they can hurt artists

• Gives the reasoning behind major industry trends and decisions, particularly recent deals with Spotify, Apple, etc.

Since the first edition's release in 1998, Confessions has grown from an underground favorite to a widely read staple, evolving along the way to address Internet-age realities and the pitfalls coming with rapidly changing technologies. This new, fifth edition tackles the complexities of music streaming and how the diminishing revenue it provides is becoming the new normal for an industry that has shrunk by half in less than two decades.

Fully updated with recent industry developments and the latest scams, Confessions of a Record Producer remains a must for artists who want to survive, thrive, and get their fair share.

$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00146064
ISBN: 9781495022135
UPC: 888680068646
Width: 7.38"
Length: 9.25"
358 pages


“[Confessions of a Record Producer] is some sort of modern bible for recording artists. It is a guide that leads us through the reefs, helping us to survive in the music world. A book full of various details, exposing truths behind some phrases and lies that you hear from A&R people, producers, managers and all the other people that are involved in the music business. In the book, you can find some advice about what is the most wise thing to do in some situations, along with helping us find the the truth behind some well-known myths in the music industry, giving us a bigger picture perspective with all the tiny details.” – SoundBytes Magazine

Confessions of a Record Producer (first published in 1998) exposes the inner workings of the music business and the truth of how the industry functions. If you want some warning signs writ large about what not to do and how not to do it then this one is for you analyzing the differences between ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, the many different types of record deal and also more recent deals with Spotify, Apple and Co.” – Total Music Magazine

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