For those wanting to get into the music industry at any level/position, already getting their feet wet, or even seasoned veterans with/without a fortune, this is my humble message: If you don’t have the time and roughly $20 to spend on Peter M. Thall‘s third edition of What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Complete Guide for Musicians, Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives, Attorneys, Investors, and Accountants, then you don’t understand what the industry will take from you and you’ll spend much, much more later.
The manner in which the text is written is indicative of Thall’s profession as a lawyer: it’s extensive, thorough, and dense—even the font size is similar to the proverbial “fine print” of a contract. It is, however, generally accessible for, say, a high school graduate, although dictionary may be necessary for unfamiliar jargon. Besides, one of many potential contracts negotiated for a single project in the industry will likely be at least a quarter of its length and much less comprehensible. Seriously. So, don’t be intimidated by this text’s overwhelming breadth and depth; one need not understand or have direct applicability with every section in order to benefit. You may never be a manager, producer, or attorney, but the more you know, especially in this industry, the better you off you’ll be; so, don’t skip that stuff by picking and choosing the chapters you think will help you right where you are. This will be money and time well spent, and will save even more.
So, go ahead. Buy it. Really. Unless you plan on keeping your musical career to simply buying other people’s music for listening purposes (those buying music for other purposes continue on to the next statement), there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be rushing to your local bookstore and/or placing your order today.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Brian “Head” Welch was a founding member of the highly successful metal band KoRn back in 1993, but in 2005 he became a Christian, left the band, kicked his alcohol and drug addictions, and committed to being a better father to his young daughter. After swearing multiple times over the years never to return, With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles & Mistakes On My Way Back to KoRn is the raw, tear-jerking story of a new Christian making poor decisions, going through the ups and downs of learning what it means to really follow God, experiencing tremendous pain with a depressed and self-abusive daughter, and eventually following the Spirit to family restoration and redemption, including the Spirit’s leading in restoration of his musical family. Welch now uses his influence and opportunities as a touring metal musician to bring others to Christ for God’s glory.
It may be difficult for some to accept Welch’s position, but a thorough reading of the book of Acts in the Bible shows us that the Spirit doesn’t work the same way for everyone and certainly doesn’t lead everyone down the same paths to God’s glory. We’re all in different places in life with different skills and talents, and God pulls and prods us along where he wants us to serve him. After many seeming coincidences, much prayer, and the spiritual discernment of several trusted people, Welch gave in to God’s call to return to KoRn…and it’s been wonderful.
If I had not been reading the book in public, I would have let the tears run at least four times. There’s so much pain, so many horrible decisions, and yet, God is good and draws Welch and his daughter in even closer. I would again caution (especially young) readers that the Spirit doesn’t necessarily follow any of our observable patterns, so take Welch’s final letter at the end with a grain of salt—don’t be discouraged if your life doesn’t turn out with same kinds of amazing blessings, as God doesn’t make any of those promises about this life. However, I think this would be a great read for metal heads—or anyone!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”