The Indie Band Survival Guide just released their paperback version through St. Martin’s Griffin publishing. The guide, which has steered a whole generation of indie bands in the Do-It-Yourself direction, originally started as a licensed Creative-Commons PDF document and quickly made a name for itself in the spheres of new upcoming bands trying to get past the traditional route of having a record label take care of all their music-business endeavors. You can download the original version at indiebandsurvivalguide.com for free, and you can order the paperback version here.
Covering topics such as the realities of traditional record label methods, managing your website and your online distribution, promoting your music offline and online, leaking your own music, putting on great shows, copyright and legal issues, the processes of recording an album and much more, this guide is aimed not only at bands but to all who have their foot in the door.
The authors Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan have seen it all as their band The Beatnik Turtle recorded 18 albums, released more than 400 songs, written music for films, and licensed music to the ABC Family Channel, all without the support (or interference) of a record label.