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)…

  • AvantUrb’s Primus Luta shares his thoughts on the difference between being an artist and an entertainer, as well as the economies that surround them. Essential reading for anyone trying to come to terms with the fact that, “…you’re no longer a record label you’re a rich media music label…” (via
  • The one-and-only Chuck D on getting fans to participate in your art through effectively using the internet to involve them as not just your audience, but your investors (via Music Ally)
  • Independent guitarist Cameron Mizell has put together a rather extensive guide to self-releasing an album. There is a lot to digest, but it’s worth taking the time to read both the main article and the linked content. (via
  • Ever tried to write a proper artist bio? Not the easiest thing to do. Ariel Publicity (with some help from @dprshadeofsoul) have posted an excellent tutorial explaining what should be in an artist bio, and how to compose one that will get people’s attention.
  • Trying to create a package that people will want? Wired updates us in on the sales numbers for Josh Freese’s bizarre Since 1972 release–you’ll be surprised as to what has actually sold, including the album with a game of mini golf against Freese and Maynard James Keenan!
  • Want to learn how to play the clavinet part from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”? NoiseAddicts explains how.

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