start your own band

Already considered a classic, Start Your Own Band (New York: Hyperion, 1997), contains much of what I've learned over the years regarding music and musicians, playing and writing songs, and, as they say, much more. The book explores a diverse number of closely-related subjects, including: how to meet other musicians, how to name a band, the nature of bands and musical collaboration, fundamental music theory, song publishing, musical gear (guitars, keyboards, drums,etc.), songwriting, live performance, and many other related subjects, including five interviews with successful artists who have made the transition from amateur to professional.Scroll down to see the Table of Contents. Look at some of the Customer Reviews on Amazon.com and then order through Paypal, or directly by sending a check as described below.

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Foreword by Tom Petty


  1. The Basics
  2. The Wonderful World of Equipment
  3. Music Basics--A Little Goes a Long Way
  4. Rehearsals and Rehearsal Space
  5. Writing Songs
  6. Write Songs! Earn Money!(All About Publishing and Royalties)
  7. How to Get a Gig
  8. Ready, Set, Record
  9. Make Your Own Record
  10. Management, Booking Agents, and Lawyers
  11. The Record Deal
  12. Mental Traps To Avoid
  13. Five Stories--Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac), Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Danny Amis (Los Straitjackets), Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts), Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam)
  14. Conclusion
  15. Appendix
  16. Index