Understanding the Music Industries book – out now

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After what seems like an age the book I co-authored with Chris Anderton and Andrew Dubber is out now on Sage. What it’s about is pretty self explanatory really, but just in case  it’s not… here’s a bit from the blurb.

“This textbook presents a full overview of the many elements of the music industries, and offers a sustained focus on ‘understanding’ the processes that have driven and continue to drive the development of those industries. More than just an expose or ‘how to’ guide, this book gives students the tools to make sense of technological change, socio-cultural processes, and the constantly shifting music business environment.”
 
As with all books there is a back story to this one, some of which is best forgotten. Basically I was initially asked to be a part of the writing team as far back as my first day at Solent (July 2nd 2006) and over the course of the six years that have followed co-authors have either left the project to complete a PhD (nice), or to write a single authored version on a similar topic (frustrating); we even lost a publisher (it was a relief) and found another (much better suited) publisher in Sage.
 
Anyway, it’s out now… hope people enjoy it.
Click here to order a copy
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About stateofbass

Dr Martin James is Professor of Music Media Industries and course leader of BA(hons) Popular Music Journalism at Southampton Solent University. Martin is an internationally renowned music journalist who worked on the editorial teams of some of the biggest magazines on the International market. Over the last twenty years he has regularly contributed to almost every major music and lifestyle magazine, and numerous daily broadsheet newspapers. Martin has also written several Internationally published and critically acclaimed books about music. Since 2008 Martin has coordinated Southampton Solent University's associations with some of the UKs finest independent festivals including Glade, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Blissfields. In 2009 Martin organized the University's first music industries conference 'Solent Music Industries Live Event' (SMILE), featuring some of the biggest names in the world of music sharing their knowledge with students. SMILE is now an annual one-week event in Solent's calendar. Martin has also played in numerous bands to varying degrees of success!
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