In our Musician’s Library features, we highlight books, articles and essays that can help musicians as they strive to earn a living from their music. Today, we feature some of our favorite articles from around the web that you should consider adding to your library (virtual as that library may be)…

  • Excellent overview from the New York Times on the Reggae legend Lloyd Barnes and his updated studio that has just re-opened in the Bronx.  It’s rare that someone this historically important is looking to work with up-and-coming artists, so if you like what you see in that article, we suggest you stop by and set up some studio time.
  • Del The Funkee Homosapien has gone the free route with is new album, “Funk Man (The Stimulus Package).” Get it here in MP3 or all sorts of lossless formats in exchange for your email address. We’re downloading it right now, so we can’t tell you how it sounds, but Del has rarely let us down in the past. (Thanks to Idolator for the head’s-up!)
  • The always-honest Amanda Palmer describes some of the reasons she is trying to drop her label (i.e., escape from her contract with Road Runner) in a brief reply to Bob Lefsetz.  Among other things, she touches on the ways that she is using Twitter and shows that as long as you have real fans, you can earn a living as a musician.
  • Music-focused entrepreneur Chris Purifoy has decided that his mission in 2009 is to define the problems that the music industry is facing and create solutions, culminating with the reveal of his “seven-point plan” to save the industry sometime later in the year.  We’re skeptical based on his relatively un-insightful (and somewhat pro-Major Label/RIAA) initial effort, but you never know, right?

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