Backed up by true stories about rock ‘n roll stars on tour as told by some guy who happened to be there at the time.
STUFF THAT YOU WILL FIND NOWHERE ELSE
“EXCELLENT AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING!” – Sandy Kenyon, Entertainment Reporter, WABC-TV, Ch. 7, New York
WHAT IS THIS BOOK ALL ABOUT?
In an era where records, radio, press and TV don’t matter as much anymore, songwriting and live performance are everything. And the art and craft of songwriting and performing haven’t changed. That’s what this book is all about.
Those who do not learn from the mistakes of those who went before are doomed to repeat them, or something like that. After ten years playing in bar bands, five years tour managing, and 20+ years at a major record label working with a hundred or so rock stars and newbies, the author accumulated a lot of knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in the areas of songwriting, live performance and career moves in the music biz. That is what this book is all about.
Larry Butler has devoted his entire life to live performance and the music business. He played keyboards in bar bands in Ohio during high school and college, serving as band manager and booking agent, followed by stints as nightclub owner and local concert promoter in Cincinnati.
Larry then moved to Los Angeles to begin working as a tour manager for such artists as Randy Newman, Ry Cooder and Isaac Hayes. Those efforts led to a job at Warner Bros. Records as VP Artist Relations there, spending 20+ years touring with an unrivaled roster of talent, winning a couple of PollStar Artist Development Executive awards along the way. More recently Larry joined Bill Silva Management as General Manager where he also ran Jason Mraz’s publishing and served as day-to-day manager for Robert Francis.
He now heads up his own Did It Music (www.diditmusic.com) from the relative security and serenity of the San Fernando Valley. Larry is a licensed California Talent Agent and Notary, as well as a published author, songwriter and music publisher. He books and manages San Diego-based singer/songwriter Dawn Mitschele (www.dawnmistschele.com) from under his Z. Butler Agency umbrella. He participates in the Artist Cooperative (www.theartistcooperative.com), offering artist management, staging advice, tour consultation and publishing administration to independent artists.