Walk And Talk...
The Studio With Michael Jackson
With Forewords By Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton
award winning engineer Bruce Swediens long-awaited In The
Studio With Michael Jackson (left - from Amazon) has just been
published by Hal Leonard Books. "Though the book was in production
for many years we did not anticipate its release coinciding with
the events of the last few weeks," says the publisher. Swedien
and producer Quincy Jones are the creative partners and architects
of Jacksons sound. The book is part anecdotal memoir, part
technical reference, and paints a vivid portrayal of Michael Jackson
as an artist. Swedien's memoir Make Mine Music was published
by Hal Leonard earlier this year. Swedien provides the perspective
that only an insider can, sharing recollections from personal experience
of what it was like to ride shotgun alongside one of musics
most celebrated icons. In The Studio With Michael Jackson includes
over 100 photosmany of them candid and intimate shots of Jackson
at work in the studioas well as numerous other artists and
collaborators that worked on these amazing records. Additionally
there are scores of Jacksons handwritten notes and other never-before-seen
ephemera pictured throughout.
Agree to Pay. Earlier in July it was reported that labels, SoundExchange
and "pureplay" webcasters (those whose sole business activity
is streaming music online) reached an agreement on royalty rates.
The agreement covers 2006-2015 and includes a "discount"
from the rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board for large webcasters.
The agreement divides pureplay webcasters into "large,"
"small" and "those with bundled, syndicated or subscription
services." Large webcasters (those with over $1.25 million
in revenues annually) pay a per-performance rate that is minimally
$25,000/year. Small webcasters (any with less than $1.25 million
in annual revenues) pay a percentage of total revenues or a percentage
of total expenses. Those falling into the third category pay the
same rates previously agreed upon between SoundExchange and the
rate will increase until reaching 0.14 cent in 2015. "This
is good for music," said Dennis Wharton, the executive vice
president of the National Association of Broadcasters. "It
sets a rate where artists will receive royalities for the music
they produce." Wharton said although these "pureplay"
webcasts are popular, he doesn't see this decision affecting local
radio stations. He said the 235,000,000 people who listen to the
radio every day will probably stick with it. "It's hard to
beat a free and local option," he said.
Pandora, the poster child for the idea that the new rate could kill
businesses, is pretty pleased even though founder Tim Westergren
says the rates are quite high and that the free services
top listeners face limits. Pandora creates personal radio stations
for users built around what it knows about their tastes. The agreement
calls for large ad-supported radio services, such as Pandora, to
either share 25 percent of revenue with the music industry or pay
a per-stream rate of 0.08 cent retroactive to 2006, whichever is
greater. That rate will increase until reaching 0.14 cent in 2015.
Lower rates were vital to the survival of Internet radio stations,
Tim Westergren (photo above), Pandora's founder, said in September.
The Copyright Royalty Board set a performance rate at 0.19 cent
but Webcasters argued that the rates would drive them out of business.
Paul Krasinski, chief executive of Ando Media, which provides audience
measurement and online advertising services to several of the companies
affected by the agreement, said it could herald "dramatic"
audience growth. "With
that comes the ability for advertisers to access that audience,
and the long tail of [niche] broadcasting becomes a reality,"
Ann Jones, President of the Board of Directors of the Society of
Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS)
recently announced the appointment of Paul A. Christensen as Executive
Director of the Association. Mr. Christensen served as a Director
of SPARS from 1989 to 2000 in various capacities, including President
from 1997-1999, SPARS 20th Anniversary. He is President of Omega
Productions, www.omegalive.com, a 36 year old award winning Entertainment
Production Company specializing in live concert DVD, HD and CD recordings.
A new, enlarged web site, www.spars.com,
has been built to encourage networking, community, education, as
well as free lance opportunities. studioexpresso
is pleased to be associated with Spars.
is a 27-year veteran of the Sports and Entertainment industries
who heads his own talent management/events production company. Previously,
Joe was involved in various productions including Lucent Technologies'
worldwide showcase event in Geneva, Switzerland featuring Ms. Natalie
Cole and Sir John Barry with the Suisse Romande Orchestra, Depeche
Mode: 101 worldwide film premiere in Los Angeles, radio promotions
with BBC One, the grand opening of Psycher, Tokyo's largest nightclub,
starring Soul II Soul and Grace Jones, as well as impromptu live
club performances featuring Brian Wilson, Prince, Elton John, Bruce
Springsteen, Don Henley and Sting at the legendary China Club. More
recently JD has added to his impressive roster: Grammy-winning Mixer
Joe Zook (OneRepublic, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry), Grammy-winning
arranger Larry Gold (Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Mary
J. Blige), Producer/Writer/Mixer Dru Castro (India.Arie, Musiq Soulchid,
K'Jon), Producer/Mixer Thom Monahan (Little Joy, Vetiver, Devendra
Banhart, Au Revoir Simone) and Producer/Writer Marc Jordan (The
Cult, Velvet Revolver, Rock Kills Kid).
caught up with Joe this month with a brief interveiw.
have client(s) --label, artist mgr, etc-- changed over the years?
JD: Clients have demanded more, labels have paid less, artist
managers have pushed for better deals and the economy is kicking
everyone's backside. I remain upbeat, hopeful and positive toward
success in the future. Every day, on the drive in to work or the
train into NYC, I think how we can do things more efficiently, more
economically, smarter and realize that you can't have it quick,
cheap and good. Pick two of three as they say. I rep great talent
and they need to earn a certain wage and spend a certain amount
of time to get things exactly the right way. When Mick
Guzauski mixes something, he's not rushing. When you ask Larry
Gold to arrange something (listen to Kanye West's "Flashing
Lights" single), he's not rushing.
was your big 1st break in the industry?
JD: Phil Ramone. I owe it all to Phil. We met when I was
working in publicity at the New York Yankees and became fast friends.
We both love music and sports. It's the great connection, really.
It's where I met Jimmy Buffet, Meatloaf, Billy Joel, Paul Simon
and so many others. But Phil gave me a chance. I owe him everything.
the hottest news of this year for music and how does that help/hinder
what you do?
JD: The hottest news of the year for me is foreign business.
We do quite a bit with Germany, UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland,
new trends, if any, can you report from your daily negotiation or
contractual work for your clients. What would you like to see in
JD: Trends are everyone asking for a better deal. And don't
be fooled: most good managers are making those deals. I have always
felt you do not leave money on the table but today that first 'ask'
is much less than a traditional negotiation, so be ready to make
a good deal. We still pass on certain things but we have become
much smarter in how we do business. As for 360 deals, I have gotten
some producers and mixers a piece of publishing and other incentives,
but I've yet to see them pay off. They will, just not yet.
Breaks Guitars! United Airlines passenger Dave Carroll had
his Taylor guitar destroyed by the airline's baggage handlers during
a flight last year. After United repeatedly declined to reimburse
him for the damage, he wrote a now-famous song decrying their customer
service and their brand. It was funny, justified and smart. The
damage to United's brand was undeniable. But perhaps the craziest
claim to come surface during the the entire United Breaks Guitars
episode comes from Chris Ayres of The Times Online in the U.K. In
a column earlier this week, Ayres claimed the Carroll mishap actually
cost United $180 million, or 10 percent of its market cap: "..within
four days of the song going online, the gathering thunderclouds
of bad PR caused United Airlines' stock price to suffer a mid-flight
stall, and it plunged by 10 per cent, costing shareholders $180
million. Which, incidentally, would have bought Carroll more than
51,000 replacement guitars." 4,084,746 views on Youtube!
After the video went up, United gave $3,000 to charity at Carroll's
request (It chose a music institute.) The ariline, which is using
the video to train service reps, says it had declined to pay Carroll
because he didn't report the damage within 24 hours. Now, it says,
it will "do a better job" of figuring out when to bend
the rule! Carroll
is working on song #2!
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Kauffmans departure in 1946, the company, K&F, was renamed
Fender Electric Instrument Co. The Champion/Student model was introduced
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had stained wooden bodies, the Champions was covered in pearloid.
A year later, Fender made history with the introduction of the electric
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and Nick Cannon are celebrating their first wedding anniversary
with a new home - they've splashed out a reported $7 million on
Farrah Fawcett's former mansion (studio owner, Allen Sides had previously
purchased it from Fawcett). The mansion was initially put on the
market with an asking price of $9.5 million. Mariah
and Nick have been hunting for the perfect California estate for
the last few months, and they reportedly put in an offer to buy
one of Los Angeles' most prestigious homes, the Holmby Hills estate
(right) in March. Experts priced the Holmby Hills estate at $125
million. It sits in five acres of grounds, has 15 bedrooms, and
comes with a library, two kitchens, and a screening room. The couple
has now settled on a smaller property - a five bedroom, eight bathroom
home in Bel Air. Oscar party sans theater, but who says small can't
Festival Racket CMJ
Music Marathon 2009
Music Festival extended its artist submission deadline until Monday,
July 27. "Last chance to play CMJ 09," says the
web site. Artist submissions are open exclusively at Sonicbids,
for $45. The promise: Get seen and heard by over 120,000 fans and
pros and play New Yorks most venerable venues - boweryballroom.com,
cake-shop.com, terminal5nyc.com, mercuryloungenyc.com. The burning
questions: Just how many submissions do they get? And who gets promoted
by the New York Times? Mickey Hart who has a career dating back
to the 1960s (when he started playing drums in the Grateful Dead)
and majors like Maya Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A and SPOON
. Then there's the more privilaged badge holders (the industry).
Come on! Good business model, yes. But, music for art's sake. I
think Not. See
this blog on facebook and let us hear your thoughts. In
contrast The Woodstock Festival was a music festival, billed as
"An Aquarian Exposition", held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre
dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15
to August 18, 1969. Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of the
day appeared during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly
half a million concertgoers
was initiated through the efforts of Michael Lang, John Roberts,
Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld. It was Roberts and Rosenman who
had the finances. They placed the following advertisement in the
New York Times and Wall Street Journal under the name of Challenge
International, Ltd.: Young men with unlimited capital looking
for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business
and Kornfeld noticed the ad, and the four men got together originally
to discuss a retreat-like recording studio in Woodstock, but the
idea evolved into an outdoor music and arts festival. Woodstock
was designed as a profit-making venture, aptly titled "Woodstock
Ventures". It famously became a "free concert" only
after it became obvious that the event was drawing hundreds of thousands
more people than the organizers had prepared for
Tribute concerts Raise Thousands for Grand Rapids Singer-Songwriter
Diagnosed with Cancer
Bowles Family Fund
Bowles is recovering. He was just coming off the European tour
and a well-received show at Frederik Meijer Gardens when he started
feeling pains in his lower abdomen. Doctors detected colon cancer
and operated soon after. Benefit concert has raised over $7,000
to assist Bowles with medical and insurance costs. Hosted by One
Trick Pony owner Dan Verhil and his wife, Lisa, and organized by
former WYCE-FM station manager Michael Packer, more than 120 people
attended each of two Sunday shows by Mulvey and Speace, longtime
pals of Bowles.
Friend musicians Amy Speace and Peter Mulvey performed on June 28
benefit. Bowles, often referred to as the "ambassador"
or "godfather" of West Michigan's acoustic music scene,
may next be headed for a performance at the upcoming Rothbury music
festival being held next weekend on the Double JJ Ranch north of
Muskegon.We reviewed Rawlston's Car Wreck Conversation produced
Etzioni in studioexpresso. His latest CD, "Notes from Elsewhere"
on Signature Sounds, is a retrospective of songs from his 15-year
career. Listen to Rawlston here and wish you health. Donations to
the "Ralston Bowles Family Fund" can be made at Macatawa
Bank, 3177 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525.
Fireworks at the Bowl With Memorable Mancini Music!
LA Phil Presented Ultimate Mancini on July 10-11 at the Hollywood
Los Angeles Philharmonic Bill Conti, conductor, Dave Grusin, piano,
Brian Stokes Mitchell and Concord Record recording artist and 2005
Double-Grammy nominee Monica
Mancini, vocalists and special guests. From Moon River
to Days of Wine and Roses, from Charade to Victor/Victoria,
from The Pink Panther to Peter Gunn...this was a fitting celebration
of the unforgettable legacy of music for film, television and orchestra
by four-time Oscar- and 20-time Grammy winner, legendary Hollywood
Bowl Hall-of-Famer Henry Mancini!
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