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Reader’s Corner – MusicTank

Reader's Corner

We’ve put together a hand-picked selection of interesting and thought-provoking books, drawn from our own knowledge, the collected wisdom of music educators and recommendations. 

It’s a new feature of this site and a ‘work in progress’, intended to profile people, issues and ideas that help to shape our understanding of the music industry and the wider ecosystem it inhabits.

Please contact us if you think we’ve missed an important book that you would like to see featured and shared with the MusicTank community. 

For other key resources please also see our Industry Insights and MusicTank Publications sections.

NOTE: We are not paid to feature these titles, but receive a small percentage of any sales made through MusicTank which helps sustain our non-profit network.  We do not endorse the retailer (other retailers are available), nor are we responsible for links to third-party content.  You can also help sustain our network by donating, here.


Recommended Reading

How Music Got Free - What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?

How Music Got Free: What Happens When An Entire Generation Commits The Same Crime?


By Stephen Witt

How Music Got Free is the true story of how online piracy and the MP3 revolutionised the way our world works, one track at a time.

Music Business Handbook and Career Guide 2016

Music Business Handbook And Career Guide


By David Baskerville, andTim Baskerville

The first edition of this book was the blueprint for music business programs.  The 11th edition brings us up to date on a field undergoing rapid redesign.


Business Innovation And Disruption In The Music Industry


By Patrik Wikstrom and Robert DeFillippi

Ranging from the issues of fair payments to creators and the dominance of on-demand music in Scandinavia to government influence on music markets in China, the work offers a broad spectrum of views into the evolving music business.

Awakening - The Music Industry In The Digital Age. 2015. Mark Mulligan.

Awakening: The Music Industry In The Digital Age


By Mark Mulligan

Awakening is the definitive account of the music industry in the digital era. It tells the inside story of how the music business grappled with the emergence of an entirely new digital economy with exclusive interviews with the people who shaped today’s industry.

All You Need to Know About the Music Business. Eighth Edition. Donald S. Passman.

All You Need To Know About The Music Business


By Don Passman

For 20 years his book has offered detailed advice to artists and executives, novices and experts alike on how to thrive in these volatile times. This completely revised edition sets out recent developments in record deals, copyright, new technologies and film music.

Music The Business. 6th Edition 2014. By Ann Harrison

Music: The Business - 6th Edition


By Ann Harrison

This essential and highly acclaimed guide, now updated and revised in its sixth edition, explains the business of the British music industry.   Whether you’re a recording artist, songwriter, music business manager, industry executive, publisher, journalist, media student, accountant or lawyer, this practical and comprehensive guide is indispensable reading.

Digital Medieval. Jeremy Silver.

Digital Medieval: The First Twenty Years of Music on the Web ...And the next Twenty


By Jeremy M. Silver

Pirates, Digital City States, micro-serfs, the Maker movement - the landscape of the internet is increasingly medieval. Digital Medieval is an insider account of how the music industry acted as the canary in the gold-mine of the internet.

The Music Industry. Music in the Cloud (DMS - Digital Media and Society)

The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud (DMS - Digital Media and Society)


By Patrik Wikström

Patrik Wikström illuminates the workings of the music industry, and captures the dynamics at work in the production of musical culture between the transnational media conglomerates, the independent music companies and the public.

The Death and Life of the Music Industry in the Digital Age

The Death And Life Of The Music Industry In The Digital Age


By Jim Rogers

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that the internet is 'killing' the music industry. It contends that the internet has not altered pre-existing power relations in the music industry where a small handful of very large corporations have long since established an oligopolistic dominance.

The Long Tail from Smarter Comics. Chris Anderson.

The Long Tail from Smarter Comics


By Chris Anderson

The Long Tail from SmarterComics is the Graphic version of the most important business book since The Tipping Point. Anderson shows how the future of commerce and culture isn't in the high-volume head of a traditional demand curve, but in what used to be regarded as misses--the endlessly long tail of that same curve.

Free Ride - How the Internet is Destroying the Culture Business and How it Can Fight Back. Robert Levine.

Free Ride: How the Internet is Destroying the Culture Business and How it Can Fight Back


By Robert Levine

'Information wants to be free' says influential technologist Stewart Brand at a 1984 hacker convention. These words became the mantra that shaped the Internet, and the conflict he predicted has led to a revolution in the way that our culture is funded and consumed.

The Art of Music Publishing. Helen Gammons

The Art of Music Publishing


By Helen Gammons

The Art of Music Publishing: An Entrepreneurial Guide to Publishing and Copyright for the Music, Film, and Media Industries provides real inspiration and a tangible hands on perspective to this exciting side of the high-risk, high-reward music business.

Remix - Making Art And Commerce Thrive In The Hybrid Economy. Lawrence Lessig.

Remix: Making Art And Commerce Thrive In The Hybrid Economy


By Lawrence Lessig

Remix The author of "Free Culture" shows how the current copyright system harms anyone who creates, enjoys, or sells any art form. Lessig, the reigning authority on intellectual property, argues that artistic resources should be shared openly rather than a commodity to be hoarded.

The Cult Of The Amateur – Andrew Keen

The Cult of the Amateur: How blogs, MySpace, YouTube and the rest of today's user-generated media are killing our culture and economy.


By Andrew Keen

The Cult of the Amateur is a scathing attack on the mad utopians of Web 2.0 and the wisdom of the crowd.

Howling At The Moon - The True Story of the Mad Genius of the Music World. Walter Yetnikoff.

Howling At The Moon: The True Story of the Mad Genius of the Music World


By Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz

The ultimate showbiz insider's expose, Howling at the Moon is the wildly entertaining and brilliantly narrated autobiography of Walter Yetnikoff, head of CBS Records during its heyday in the 1980s, and then the most powerful man in the music industry.