3 Great Holiday Reads for Musicians

Looking for some last-minute gifts for the musicians in your lives? Or maybe you're in need a good read to curl up with after the holiday feast. Here are three inspirational books I've read this year:

Crush it by Gary Vaynerchuk

If you need inspiration to take your music career to the next level, this book is for you. It is all about following your dreams, "going for it", and building your personal brand. Gary is an expert; in just a few years he has re-written the rules of wine reviewing on his blog winelibrarytv.com, created thousands of dedicated fans, and grown a multi-million dollar business in the process. His passion is infectious, and he shares his secrets while also forcing you to think about what drives you, and how you can accomplish your goals while having fun at the same time.

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Godin is a master of writing short but profound books and blog posts. In Linchpin, he argues that success on any level depends on being "remarkable", something unique that cannot be replaced. Though he usually targets the business crowd, Linchpin talks a lot about the uniqueness of artists and their work. It will make you think not only of how you can make your music stand out, but every aspect of your career; for example, what can you do to make your next concert an amazing experience that people will talk about? Though a lot of the book rehashes ideas from his blog, I found the book as a whole was cohesive and worth the investment.

Life by Keith Richards

Some parts of Richard's autobiography are exactly what you'd expect - crazy rock-band stories of excess (sex, drugs, trashing your hotel room). But there is also great advice on the writing process, coming up with a unique sound, and enduring through the hard times. Keith Richards has seen it all, and gives us a backstage view of his wild ride.

What books are on your radar this Christmas?


Posted by gabegibitz.com on Dec 22 2010 4:40 PM
Here's my Christmas book list I'm reading: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (Ries & Trout) The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online (free @ www.newmusicstrategies.com) MusicTech Focus: Mastering Part I Lectures on Revival (Charles Finney) Merry Christmas everyone! Gabe Gibitz
Posted by Anonymous on Dec 22 2010 4:49 PM
I'm going to finish "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin. Amazing read.
John Trollmann
Posted by John Trollmann on Dec 22 2010 5:07 PM
I am a third of the way into Life, by Keith. It is absolutely fascinating and a peek inside of the changing music in Europe and N. America that lit the Beatles and the Stones on fire in the early 60's.
Abby Feferman Music
Posted by Abby Feferman Music on Dec 23 2010 9:55 PM
Great list! Definitely going to check those out! Thanks! :)
Jane Johnson Music / Singer . Songwriter . Musician
Posted by Jane Johnson Music / Singer . Songwriter . Musician on Dec 23 2010 11:12 PM
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