Books can be extremely helpful to educate you on any subject you want to learn about.
Unfortunately, many of the books you were forced to read in school were boring as shit so the whole “reading” part might’ve left a bad taste in your mouth.
Fortunately for you, the books I’m about to talk about are not only incredibly useful for furthering your career but they’re also highly entertaining to read.
Personally, I don’t read books that are boring. If the book can’t keep my interest after 20-30 pages I abandon it. I’m still going to be interested in the topic of the book but there are so many writers out there that reading about a topic you enjoy written in a droll manner is no way to spend your time.
Books need to be useful and entertaining or they get put back on the bookshelf, never to be opened again.
So what are these books anyway?
If you read one book on this list let it be this one. Any industry you find yourself working in will require people skills in order to get ahead. This is THE BOOK on people skills that will help you succeed. From the importance of remembering people’s names to getting people over to your point of view, this is the book I cannot recommend enough.
I’ve read it. I’ve listened to it on audiobook. I might go listen to it again after I finish this article.
This book is like your no-nonsense coach that tells you like it is. Creativity is hard work and many creatives expect their creations to be handed to them instead of going after them.
My father is a blue-collar worker with an amazing work ethic. I am thankful that I inherited that trait from him. If you like sitting around whining about why your creativity isn’t working today, you need to read this book. It’s the blue-collar kick in the ass that you need. Don’t wait around for creativity to come around. Make it happen by having the mentality to go after it.
One of my favorite books on music production because it bypasses all the technical crap that’s irrelevant to creating art. It’s not about the pre-amps or the microphones.
It’s about how the soul of the performance and the right artistic mindset can create truly great art.
I read this book immediately when it came out. I then gave it away to someone, I forget who. I immediately bought it again. I wouldn’t be surprised if I repeated this process multiple times over my lifetime.
If you have trouble managing your time and focusing on the right things in your music, read this book. It completely changed how I view the importance of everything I do.
Many things are simply “busywork” that don’t really matter. If you concentrate on focusing on the important things while ignoring everything else you will truly create something great. Finishing all the busywork won’t result in any meaningful creative output.
I gave this book to my entire band because I thought it was so good.
This book is a great overview of the strategy you need to take in order to succeed as a “musicpreneur.” You can’t bypass the business side of things if you’re an independent musician. You have to embrace it. Luckily, being an independent musicpreneur is a hell of a lot more fun than being a marketer for some bullshit corporation.
If you truly believe in your music you want it to reach as many people as possible. Having a fundamental understanding of the various strategies you can take to do so is invaluable to you, especially when you’re small and starting out.
If the Six Figure Musician is about strategy, this book is about tactics. I finished it recently and immediately bought it again on Amazon to give as a gift.
Everybody has five minute to spare for their music marketing. And over time those five minutes will add up to a solid foundation of music marketing results.
Get More Gigs: The Essential Guide to Booking, Performing and Making Money From Gigs
I think it would be an incomplete list if I didn’t include my own book here, even if I do say so myself.
This is my step-by-step process I used to be a professional gigging musician, often making hundreds of dollars per month from playing live music.
If that’s something you’re interested in pursuing, look no further.
For now this list includes these six books. The beauty of this being a fairly new site is that I’ll be able to come back to these posts and update them as I see fit.
So for now, you’ve got six recommendations. I’ll be sure to update the list in time to reflect any new gems I’ve read along the way. Maybe we’ll make it to 100 books someday. Who knows?
But for now, hit the bookstore or buy them on Amazon (using my affiliate links) and get serious about making an impact with your music.
What about you? What books would you recommend for me to read?
Let me know in the comments.