Second Edition from The Essence of the Music Business: Philosophy
It’s time for the Second Edition. Two years of intensive teaching and mentoring is behind now. From now on, it should be a few months of your own. If the artist management isn’t counted. Artist management is more of a lifestyle to me than a job. It goes along with everyday life – I think quite a many manager can relate to this.
Anyway, the second edition is my favorite phase of production. The process of writing a book involves blind spots that the writer is particularly exposed to. It is difficult to take the distance during the process. The improvements that always come between writing and editing a book may not be taken into account – at least completely. That’s the weird thing. Even though the book at that moment feel like the best possible outcome, a few months later there will be things that could have been said better.
Philosophy was published less than two years ago. Already half a year after the publication I noticed that my professional development did not match with my writing. Ideally, it is transmitted to the text in real time, not with delay. I bet it was due to a pause in my practice. I wasn’t dealing with the artist management in a way I normally would. This time I didn’t make the same mistake. Actually I was even prepared for this.
Today’s music management is characterized by the fact that it creates new developments with a faster pace than ever before. This places new demands for the author. It should be able extract the truths that hold their ground in that development but also prepare for the future opportunities and difficulties. Fortunately today, the book can be published quite soon after its completion. My books will be published within two weeks when it has came out from the edit.
As I already mentioned, I allowed this second edition to be influenced by the day-to-day management I practice. At the time of writing this book, I was at least dealing with Melba Culp, Gentle Savage and Delta Enigma. It’s refreshing to get a counterweight and something else to think about. That interaction also makes it possible to locate those blind spots.