January 1, 2005

The Indie Bible, 6th Edition, The All-in-One Resource For Recording Artists

By David Wimble

Indie Bible

There are numerous directories out there that present loads of information of value to artists seeking to establish themselves in the music industry, and each of them takes a different tack. The Indie Bible aims specifically to aid those who already have a CD and get it reviewed, played on the radio, and distributed on the Internet. To that end, the author has organized the directory into seven sections, each of which covers a particular aspect of the process, but most of which are cross-

referenced in various ways. The first two sections cover print publications that review music, the third radio programs, the fourth marketing-oriented services, the fifth Web sites where you can upload music, and the sixth miscellaneous resources for musicians and songwriters. The seventh section contains over 50 articles on various aspects of the biz. The sections are conveniently sub-divided by genre, including those often overlooked in other publications, such as “experimental,” “progressive rock,” and “world music.” I actually used this book to promote my own CDs with great success, so I can confirm that the contact information is current, and the contacts responsive to enquiries. That adds up to 316 pages of pure gold. Big Meteor. —Barry Cleveland

Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook

By Dave Hunter

Guitar Effects

The stompbox story is so huge, and this new book provides a wealth of information by exploring everything from how pedals were created to how they function to the classics from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. A chapter on contemporary brands also takes you into the world of today’s stompbox makers by detailing many of the offerings from the principle mad-scientists—which means nearly everyone from Analog Man to Z.Vex. You’ll also find interviews with a number of key figures in the pedal world, and thanks to the accompanying CD, you can hear examples of how a lot of these vintage and modern pedals sound—at various settings, no less. A chapter is also dedicated to demystifying things like how to arrange your pedals, parallel and stereo hookups, and why a little term like “true bypass” can get people so hot under the collar these days. Anyone who uses stompboxes and has an interest in what makes them tick will want to add this 224-page book to their collection. Backbeat Books. —Art Thompson

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