Book Review: The Indie Bible
A Wonderful Tool For The DIY Artist
Author: David Wimble
Title: ďThe Indie BibleĒ
Publisher: Big Meteor Publishing
Details: 316 pages, $29.95 US. Electronic PDF version available from website, with live links.
"The Indie Bible" is one of the most widely respected resource directories in print today. Its readership spans the globe and it offers massive networking potential to artists and artist representation. I had to see what all the rave was about, so I got a copy and found that this isn't just a directory ... it's a gold mine of useful contacts and articles with the potential to greatly enhance any music career.
I recently had the pleasure of reading the 6th Edition of "The Indie Bible" from Big Meteor Publishing. This book is a 316-page collection of the most useful resources on the planet and presented in an easy-to-follow format ... quite possibly the most valuable piece of literature to occupy any recording artistís library.
I was first impressed with the physical quality of "The Indie Bible." Its durable construction and crystal clear, full color images make for a very pleasing read and, content aside, is alone worth the cover price. Itís surely built to outlive many of the companies listed in it. Every page is painstakingly organized and itís obvious that the utmost attention was paid to every detail.
Donít get me wrong. While "The Indie Bible" is pretty to look at, itís also a very powerful instrument ... chock-full of up-to-date resources covering every musically viable aspect beneficial to the DIY artist. There are seven huge sections listing everything from people that will review independent music to radio stations that will play it, as well as publications, CD manufacturing, marketing and general knowledge resources ... and these are all people who want to be contacted by independent artists.
The "Bible" also has a section loaded with informative articles ... all written by the top authorities in the biz and all geared to better inform artists on a variety of important subjects that could greatly impact their success. I was amazed at the number of essential little details I would have missed without them were I marketing my own music. Additionally, the organization of this publication is top-notch. Broken down by service type, genre and geographical locale, every morsel of information is easy to locate.
As if all that weren't enough, there's also a page with key tips on how to use the assets contained in the book. I'd like to draw special attention to the significance of this particular section, as the book's creator has included a short essay on the do's and don'ts when using the "Bible." His words come from the experience and feedback of five previous editions and I recommend reading it before even leafing through the other pages.
There are a lot of resource directories out there, but "The Indie Bible" is by far the best one Iíve seen. It does everything but actually contact the people listed in it and, if used wisely, could be the difference between a stagnant career and a successful one. I can see where this book could be the most dangerous weapon in an artistís arsenal.
I really have to hand it to author, Dave Wimble. Heís outdone himself with this edition of "The Indie Bible." It truly is the ultimate all-in-one networking device and should be considered more of a tool than a book. I would fully recommend it as a top resource to anyone trying to further his or her musical career.