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untold dirty secrets
Sunday, 19.01.2014, 19:19
oh what a night...
Berthold Seliger (DE)

The man who's brought us a ton of great music is now bringing himself.
Berthold is a juggernaut in the business of music: Tireless promoter, discoverer of talent new and reborn, crafty deal maker, vociferous voice and relentless activist who's been demanding the opening of social parachutes for his and all artists.

And now author. He's presenting his enlightening - even shocking - and straight written book «Das Geschaeft mit der Musik. Ein Insiderbericht.» (The Business of Music. An Insider's Story). It's an up-close and personal account that sheds light on the practises of the trade and of the human beings affected by it. Actually, his writings caught wider attention as early as 2003 when his firebrand newsletters and his passionate shouting and intelligent arguing for more human ways in the music business were honoured with the Mersha Award. Count us in to his many fans and all of what he stands and fights for.

Needless to say, he knows his stuff and can talk and write about it from the inside out, firsthand. And guys, he knows all the guys he's been sending us for concerts down by the river: Bratsch, Bonnie «Prince' Billy, Daniel Kahn, The Residents, from Peter Hammill to Depedro and a whole slew of others.  Over the course of a quarter century, he also managed acts like Patti Smith, Tortoise, Calexico, Lambchop, Pere Ubu, The Walkabouts, Julie Delpy, Alison Krauss, Lou Reed, Silver Jews, Van der Graaf Generator, Lucinda Williams and Youssou N'Dour.

Ahh, the many untold dirty secrets inside the music business. Everybody's an insider and knows more about it than the next guy... But trust us, this guy really knows - mainly because he's up to his neck in it.

«The book comprehensively explains how money is made on the back of the creatives» - Die Zeit
«Shrewd and written with style» - MDR Figaro
«A thought-provoking and angry manifest voiced against the music industry» - FAZ
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