(Book). Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir about songwriter Shelly Peiken's journey from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional songwriter writing hits of her own. It's about growing up, the creative process the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas and schemers, but also the talented and remarkable people she's found along the way. It's filled with stories and step-by-step advice about the songwriting process, especially collaboration. And it's about the challenge of staying relevant in a rapidly changing and youth-driven world. As Shelly so eloquently states in Confessions of a Serial Songwriter : "If I had to come up with one X factor that I could cite as a characteristic most hit songs have in common (and this excludes hit songs that are put forth by an already well-oiled machine...that is, a recording artist who has so much notoriety and momentum that just about anything he or she releases, as long as it's 'pretty good,' will have a decent shot at succeeding), I would say it would be: A universal sentiment in a unique frame ." Peiken has tapped the universal sentiment again and again; her songs have been recorded by such artists as Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, the Pretenders, and others. In Confessions of a Serial Songwriter , she pulls the curtain back on the music business from the perspective of a behind-the-scenes hit creator and shares invaluable insight into the craft of songwriting.
Entrepreneur Stuart Skorman—the founder of Elephant Pharmacy,Hungryminds.com, Reel.com, and Empire Video—grew up in aretailing family in Ohio. He worked every kind of job, from cabdriver to professional poker player to CEO. In this entertaining,personal account of his coming-of- age in the business world,Skorman gives an insider’s view of what it takes to start abusiness from the ground up. Stuart Skorman offers his hard-won lessons in business for anyentrepreneur or small businessperson who wants to create a companythat has a heart and soul. He reveals what he learned aboutmarketing while working a stint as a rock band manager and bareshis soul about his failure during the dot-com bubble. He describesin vivid terms the roller coaster ride of the entrepreneur in goodtimes and bad and explains how to survive in today’suncertain business environment.
The first edition of ÊConfessions of a Record ProducerÊ published real-life numbers showing what artists made on so-called hit records and how producers labels managers and even the artists' own lawyers conspire to cheat them out of royalties. It's the only publication that tells the real story of how artists get ripped off and how they can protect their assets. In a special 10th Anniversary Edition author Moses Avalon one of the industry's most sought-after consultants and artist's rights gurus has updates on all of the old shams and many new ones created by the internet and the ongoing transformation of the music industry. The book features detailed numbers on how new royalties from digital downloads are calculated collected and manipulated and goes deep inside the new so-called 360 Deals offered by the major labels. Private video lessons from Avalon's Workshop are also included. Groundbreaking charts and graphs show industry consolidation who owns what and where the future of the music business is headed.
An A to Z Guide to 2,000 Stars and the Movies They Made
Author: David Quinlan
Publisher: Citadel Press
Category: Motion picture actors and actresses
This unique treasury provides information on 2,000 stars and the movies they made - from the early silent films to today. For each star, old or new, there is a concise biography and complete chronological list of all movie and TV appearances. Included are triumphs and disasters alike - as well as Academy Award nominations and prizes. Each entry is accompanied by a photograph of the star at the height of his or her career or in a typical role. Both the old and the new of cinema are found within these pages: Bette Davis William Powell, Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Carole Lombard, Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Winona Ryder, Kevin Costner, and Christopher Walken, among hundreds of others. From the obscure (Gloria Talbott) to the mega-famous (Tom Cruise), from the award winners (Tom Hanks) to the never nominated (Edward G. Robinson), from the classics (Buster Keaton) to the luminaries of today (Jim Carrey) - the careers of all are here.
12,500 listings for events all over the world Used by media professionals, marketing professionals, and on-air personalities CD-ROM allows customized searches by date, subject, location, and many other ways! Chase’s is a combination of events reference, almanac, and anniversary book--no other reference combines all these elements