Unlike most music-industry books, this guide is a gritty, punky, and irreverent real-life look at what goes into being a musician. Removing the rose-colored glasses, Martin Atkins--a lifelong music-industry professional--delivers the truth about the music business and its struggles with razor-sharp wit. Potential pitfalls are laid bare among illustrations and humor, sweeping niceties away to show readers how to keep from being derailed by band mates, record labels, managers, booking agents, and most importantly--themselves.
Martin Atkins has spent three decades in the music business, spanning across genres, borders, and industries. He has played drums with Public Image Limited, Killing Joke, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails, and is the founder of the band Pigface, as well as Inivisble Records and Mattress Factory Studios. He is the author of Band: Smart and Tour: Smart. He lives in Chicago.