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thursday things :: education

From what I’ve heard, it’s always important to get real life experience in the music world.  Bands need to play shows and those in business need to get their hands dirty by actually doing something.  While I couldn’t agree with this more, I also think that there are plenty of people out there who have experienced quite a bit who could teach us a thing or two.  So, I’ve included just a few books, podcasts & blogs that are things we here at Magnolia Red can’t live without.

All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald Passman.  This book has been tremendously important for us to gain a big picture view of the industry we find ourselves in.

The New Rules of Marketing & PR by David Meerman Scott.  I think everyone should read this book if they want anyone to know about them (music or not).  It’s not directly aimed at the music industry but gives some great ideas.

Artist Management by Paul Allen.  For those in management and artists alike, this is a great book to use to navigate the Artist-Manager relationship.  I think there’s something in there about Russian Roulette if either side does not live up to the expectations…wait…or is that just how we do things here?  Ask our artists…

Music Business Radio - This is a great podcast that is anchored in Nashville.  They do monthly shows that touch on areas of production, songwriting, engineering, mixing and performing.  I just listened to the interview with Charlie Peacock - extremely good!  Check out their blog too - these folks know quite a bit.

WXPN - All About the Music Blog.  Every day, I get a download for FREE from them - artists have included Greg Laswell, Minus the Bear, Angus & Julia Stone among many others.  They have great things to say but you also get to hear new music as well.

I have much more to say regarding this, but I figure that this is enough information for one Thursday.  Hope this is helpful - let me know your thoughts and the tools that you use to learn more.

One last thing…something that is extremely educational for me is doing everyday life with the guys I work with.  They teach me so much - I’m thankful to have such a great team.  Here’s a little glimpse of what life is like for me - it’s a video of my colleague, Kent Coley.  He’s a lot of things.  Educational is one of them.  Crazy is the one you’ll see here:

  • 12 May 2010