About John’s Book

Although the music industry will always be rife with destructive behavior and cynical attitudes, you do not have to treat people like hell along the way

The Music Industry Doesn’t Have To Kill You, from author John Clore, challenges behavioral stereotypes in the industry of music while bringing attention to interesting people within it. Although the music industry will always be rife with destructive behavior and cynical attitudes, you do not have to treat people like hell along the way.

In this book, learn from individuals such as Rock & Roll and Country Music Hall of Fame Member, Brenda Lee; renowned music expert and professor, Dr. E. Michael Harrington; former Abbey Road Studios studio manager, Alan Parsons; former long-time booking agent for Dolly Parton and one-time Country Music Association President, Tandy Rice; artist manager for Styx, Charlie Brusco; a World War II veteran who has been married as long as he has been in the music industry – 60 years, Jim Foglesong; along with 17 more.

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Support for The Music Industry Doesn’t Have To Kill You

“John Clore takes you backstage and onstage to shine a positive light on the oft-derided music business, providing an uplifting and enlightening look at how music, and those who create and perform it, brightens our lives.”
- Steve Jones, author of Brand Like A Rock Star: Lessons From Rock ‘n’ Roll To Make Your Business Rich and Famous

“A masterful collection of stories exposing the underbelly of the music industry. Prepare for your perceptions to be changed after reading the tales of every aspect of the business.” - Michael Sloane – Managing Partner and Founder, Strategic Blend; Digital Project Manager, 13 Management; Adjunct Professor, Belmont University

“In The Music Industry Doesn’t Have to Kill You, John Clore has put together an amazing collection of real-life stories from industry insiders combined with thought-provoking insights that we can all benefit from. His ability to weave these insights in and out of the compelling, first-hand accounts is impressive and provides a road map for anyone who is interested in working in this great industry.”
- Justin Levenson – Manager, Licensing Operations, SESAC; The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter Board of Governors; W.O. Smith Music School Advisory Board

“John Clore is one of the most selfless individuals I know and is genuinely interested in people and their stories. From the first time I met him, John has always been someone who strives to ask questions and learn from the experience of others, to not only aid him in his own noble pursuits, but so that he can also share it for the benefit of others. This book is a glowing example of that mission. The personalities and stories within give an intriguing glance at an array of music industry professionals who each have a unique story to tell and years of wisdom to share, within a business where wisdom can be notably lacking.”
- Mike Severson – VP Artist Development, Promotion & Marketing, Way Out West Records; Artist Marketing – Country Music Format, World Vision

“I took this book as a challenge to see what my generation will do for the future of music. While it is ever so important to remember what has come before us – who and what created the industry of today – we have to take hold and make it our own. We have to create our own stories, develop our own opinions and insights, learn from our mistakes and celebrate our triumphs. We can only move foward by acknowledging what has been and striving for what will be.”
- Rachel Pinkerton – Baylor University, 2012 Graduate, Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Music and Entertainment Marketing; Uproar Records

“First off, if you can rationalize yourself away from pursuing a career in the music industry, you definitely should! For those of us that can’t, however, The Music Industry Doesn’t Have To Kill You provides real stories from real industry legends with real advice about how to survive and prosper.”
- Alex White – Co-Founder & CEO, Next Big Sound

“John’s book hits you with every turn, driving home the reality of what this business really is, in totality, with honesty and truth. It’s a must-read for anyone in the business, anyone who wants into the business or any music fan wanting to better understand the many passionate people it takes to create great records and live entertainment.”
- Angela-Marie Lampton – President, SunFire Entertainment

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