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It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists and Careers for the New Music Business by Dan Kimpel, Don Grierson

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Preface: Don Grierson

I begin by explaining my life in music with these words: “None of this makes sense.” I was born in England, my family immigrated to Australia, and we landed in a village in the Outback, the bush country: 9,000 people, legions of kangaroos, very few streets, one movie theater, and a single radio station. After leaving high school, I worked at a menial job for two years, not knowing what I really wanted to do with my life. I played sports, especially tennis, but I wasn’t a drinker (that really puts you on the “outer” in that environment), and believe me, there was little else to do.

Although I had no plans for the future, I was totally fascinated with listening to records and the radio. For every pop song I heard, I would write ...

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