compiled by Dick Weissman
University of Colorado at Denver (Emeritus)
Below is a brief list of recently published books that should be of interest to those who study, teach, or work in the music industry.
Barnet, Richard D. and Larry L. Burriss. Controversies of the Music Industry. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2001.
Braheny, John. The Craft and Business of Songwriting, 2nd edition. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 2001.
Cherin, Mel, as told to Gabriel Rotello. My life and the Paradise Garage: Keep On Dancing. New York: 24 Hours For Life, Inc., 2000.
Collette, Buddy with Steven Isoardi. Jazz Generations: A life in American music and Society. New York: Continuum, 2001. (We do not usually recommend autobiographies, but this book contains a good deal of interesting material about the desegregation of the musician’s union and the business of studio recording.)
Ferrari, Marc. Rock Stardom 101: A Rock Star’s Guide to Survival and Success in the Music Business. New York: Allworth Press, 2002.
Fisher, Jeffrey. Profiting From Your Music and Sound Project Studio. New York: Allworth Press, 2001.
Jermance, Frank and Dick Weissman. Navigating the Music Business: Current Issues & Business Models. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2003.
Kalmar, Veronika. Local Launch: A Guide to Independent Record Promoters and Distributors. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2002.
Kellogg, John P. Take Care of Your Music Business: The Legal and Business Aspects You Need to Know to Grow in the Music Industry. Bushkill, Pennsylvania: PJ Kelly & Associates, 2000.
Krims, Adam. Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Lornell, Kip and Charles J. Stephenson, Jr. The Beat: Go-Go’s Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop. New York: Billboard Books, 2001.
McLeod, Douglas and Kimberly Ransom. House Concerts: A Guide for
Musicians and Hosts. Austin: Wordworks Publishing, 1999.
Mitchell, Tony, Editor. Global House: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the World. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2001.
Moser, David. J. Music Copyright for the New Millennium. Vallejo: Pro Music Press, 2002.
Napier-Bell, Simon. Black Vinyl: White Powder. London: Ebury Press, 2002.
Negativeland. Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2. Concord, Calif.: 1995.
Quint, Randle and Bill Evans. Making Money Making Music: The Musician’s Guide to Cover Gigs. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2002.
Rappaport, Diane Sward, Editor. The Music Business Primer. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2003.
Rodgers, Mark. Guardian of the Gods: An Inside Look at the Dangerous Business of Music. Chicago: Monkey Boy Media, 1999.
San Miguel, Guadalupe, Jr. Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century. College Station: Texas A&M International University, 2002.
Taylor, Timothy D. Stranger Sounds: Music, Technology and Culture. New York: Routledge, 2001.
Tenaille, Frank. Music is the Weapon of the Future: Fifty Years of African Popular Music. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2002.
Thall, Peter M. What They’ll Never Tell You About The Music Business: The Myths,Tthe Secrets, The Lies (& a Few Truths). New York: Billboard Books, 2002.
Wald, Elijah. Narcorrido: A Journey Into the Music of Drugs, Guns and Guerrillas. New York: Harper-Collins Publishers, 2001.
Weissman, Dick. The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self Defense, 3rd revised edition. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.