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The Story Behind The Iconic KISS Album “Destroyer”

The Story Behind The Iconic KISS Album “Destroyer”

Shout It Out Loud, The Story of Kiss’s Destroyer and the Making of an American Icon by James Campion A myth-busting inside look at the creation and influence of Kiss’ rock manifesto, Destroyer. For over 40 years, the rock band Kiss has galvanized the entertainment world with an unparalleled blitz of bravado, theatricality, and shameless merchandising, garnering generations of loyally rabid fans. But if not for a few crucial months in late 1975 and early 1976, Kiss may have ended […]

The Future of the Music Business 4th Edition Available Now

The Future of the Music Business 4th Edition Available Now

New technologies have revolutionized the music business. While these technologies have wreaked havoc on traditional business models, they’ve also provided new opportunities for music business entrepreneurs, as well as new challenges for musicians, recording artists, songwriters, record labels and music publishers. In The Future of the Music Business, Fourth Edition, distinguished entertainment attorney Steve Gordon provides a road map for success by explaining legal fundamentals including copyright law’s application to the music business, basic forms of agreement such as recording, […]

MTV’s Epic Fantasy Saga “The Shannara Chronicles” to Premiere January 2016

MTV’s Epic Fantasy Saga “The Shannara Chronicles” to Premiere January 2016

MTV today announced that its forthcoming epic fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles” will premiere in January 2016. The network made the announcement during the first-ever Comic-Con panel for the series, which is based on author Terry Brooks’ international best-selling novels. Production for “The Shannara Chronicles” wrapped last month in New Zealand. Brooks, who serves as an executive producer, appeared on the panel along with the cast of  “The Shannara Chronicles” in its first-ever public appearance – Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton […]

UDON Announces Dark Souls II: Design Works

UDON Announces Dark Souls II: Design Works

With its renowned difficulty and gripping gameplay, Dark Souls is the action-RPG franchise that gamers love to hate! While most games reward your successes, Dark Souls punishes you for your failures, making for a grueling yet intensely rewarding experience like no other. Despite most adventurers barely surviving the original game, players clamoring for more got their wish with the equally challenging sequel, Dark Souls II. Now, UDON Entertainment is also following up its hugely successful Dark Souls: Design Works art […]

Starz Gives Green Light To “American Gods” Based on Neil Gaiman’s Novel

Starz Gives Green Light To “American Gods” Based on Neil Gaiman’s Novel

Starz has given a greenlight to FremantleMedia North America’s (FMNA) adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”), will pen and showrun the series.  Gaiman will also executive produce the series. FremantleMedia North America will produce. Start of production is dependent on casting the lead role of “Shadow Moon.” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said, “STARZ is committed to bring American Gods to its legions of fans. With our partners […]

iZotope Releases Free Mastering Guide, 2015 Edition

iZotope Releases Free Mastering Guide, 2015 Edition

iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has updated their free educational guide Mastering with Ozone to keep pace with the evolving world of mastering technology and technique. The free guide is a comprehensive resource for everyone who wants to learn more about the mastering process. The guide’s 68 pages cover mastering basics, general EQ tips, dynamics, loudness maximizing, stereo imaging, meters, dynamic EQ, and many other concepts. The final chapter provides insights from mastering pros like Greg Calbi, Adam […]

“BLACK SABBATH: Symptoms of the Universe” New Biography Out Apr 14

“BLACK SABBATH: Symptoms of the Universe” New Biography Out Apr 14

BLACK SABBATH: Symptoms of the Universe by rock journalist and former publicist to the band Mick Wall (St. Martin’s Press; April 14). “A raucous biography of the legendary heavy metal band” (Kirkus), Wall charts this iconic group from its inception, through the height of their fame, and well into their reunion, tracing the group through all of their very public ups and downs. Decades before his MTV reality show The Osbournes, Ozzy Osbourne was the dark, subversive lead singer in […]

Book Release: “The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll” With Foreword By Neil Peart

Book Release: “The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll” With Foreword By Neil Peart

What do these groups or artists have in common? The artist who recorded the best-selling rock album of the 1990s The top rock band from 2000-2009, as declared by Billboard magazine The record holder for most consecutive weeks at #1 on the British charts The singer whose debut single sold 10 million copies in 1957, at the time second only to “White Christmas” The answer: Alanis Morrissette, Nickelback, Bryan Adams, and Paul Anka are all Canadian. Rock ‘n’ Roll was […]

‘Guitar Player: The Inside Story’ Book About Most Successful Guitar Magazine Out Now

‘Guitar Player: The Inside Story’ Book About Most Successful Guitar Magazine Out Now

Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever (March 2015, Backbeat Books, $29.99) is a reflection on Guitar Player‘s often pioneering early days, from its 1967 founding through its 1989 sale by founder Bud Eastman and editor/publisher Jim Crockett. The book looks at the magazine’s evolution from a 40-page semi-monthly to a monthly exceeding 200 pages, with a gross yearly income that grew from $40,000 to nearly $15 million. The story […]

‘AC/DC FAQ’ Book Now Available On NetGalley With Foreward By RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Drummer Chad Smith

‘AC/DC FAQ’ Book Now Available On NetGalley With Foreward By RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Drummer Chad Smith

Available now on NetGalley Physical book to be published on March 31, 2015. $24.99 (US) ISBN: 9781480394506 6.0″ x 9.0″ 364 pages Black & White Images Throughout Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group In his foreword to AC/DC FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s True Rock ’n’ Roll Band (March 2015, Backbeat Books, $24.99), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith perfectly captures what has made AC/DC the masters of pure rock […]

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