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<h1>Some quick context for these stories</h1>
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This book is entirely about you and your music.
But I use some of my stories as examples.
So here’s my context, as short as can be, to set the stage for the book.
Since I was 14, all I wanted was to be a successful musician.
First I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Then I got a job at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing in New York City.
There I learned a ton about how the traditional music industry works.
I’ll tell you about that soon.
Then I quit my job and became a full-time professional musician.
I played over a thousand shows of all types.
I was also a session guitarist and side-man, then I ran a recording studio, booking agency, record label, and more.
I made a website to sell my CD, then my musician friends asked if I could sell their CD too.
So I called it CD Baby, and it soon became the largest seller of independent music online.
Over 150,000 musicians sold their music directly through me.
(I have a different book about that, called “<a href="/a">Anything You Want</a>”.)
I started to see the music business from the other side.
I found out what it was like to be on the receiving end of musicians’ music.
I became friends with successful people inside the music industry, and heard their perspective.
I saw thousands of musicians succeed.
So I paid attention to how they did it.
That’s when I started writing my observations in this book.
I felt like a spy, giving you the report from the inside, telling you how to get in.
Now listen up, and I’ll tell you everything I know.
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