Anaheim, CA (January 26, 2009)—-Berklee Press, the publishing division of Boston's Berklee College of Music, announced the release of Music Smarts - the Inside Truth and Road-Tested Wisdom from the Brightest Minds in the Music Business, at a January 17 press conference at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show.
Designed as an illustrated pocket guidebook, Music Smarts is a compilation of observations, humor and wisdom from top names in the music world.
Music Smarts features a short introduction by Graham Nash. The shared experiences of artists and producers, including George Martin, Tom Petty, Phil Ramone, Brian Wilson, Jack Johnson, k.d. lang, David Foster and Carlos Santana contain insightful advice for music professionals, as well as students, those starting out in the industry, and music fans.
According to artist Brian Wilson, “Music Smarts lays out the music world in three dimensions and shows what it takes to make it at every step of the way." Artist Herbie Hancock calls Music Smarts "a deep and inspiring look at how the music world really works, presented with a great respect for the musician and the music." And artist Mark Mothersbaugh adds that, “No book has come closer to the reality of a musician's life. Actually, it's almost embarrassing!"
Music Smarts features hundreds of quotations from a vast array of artists and industry gurus, reflecting on influences, heroes, integrity, performances and other critical aspects of being a music person. In addition to covering the highs of success, money and fame, the quotations also frankly reveal the lows of missteps and rejection.
Drawn from 25 years of feature interviews by studio insider Mr. Bonzai, Music Smarts features insights from the music industry's savviest artists, producers, technicians and business execs, and showcases the brainpower that has made popular music the most influential force in modern culture. This handbook also includes a visual "who's who" of the music biz with original portraits by Mr. Bonzai of the featured artists.
Music Smarts is available at Amazon and will be available starting February 1, 2009 at bookstores and music industry retailers throughout the world.