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Berklee Greats Reveal Secrets to Success

Jan 24, 2000

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From today’s most sought-after studio musicians to the legendary chart toppers, the newly published Masters of Music brings together the success stories of 31 of music’s most influential names. This first-ever collection gives professionals, students and fans, a peer-level view of what it takes to make it in the highly competitive music business, and an inside look at the artistic development of these consummate professionals.

Masters of Music features cover stories compiled from the first decade of Berklee Today magazine; many are no longer available for reprint. The interviews cover every facet of the industry. Featured music megastars include Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, and members of Aerosmith-- all Berklee alumni. The illustrious members of this "who’s who" of jazz, pop and rock, speak frankly about their experiences on the road to stardom. Honorary Berklee alum Sir George Martin shares his views on technology, and its effect on artistic freedom. Discover Paula Cole’s personal strategy for navigating the industry’s ups and downs, now and in the future. Find out how award-winning composer Alf Clausen "scored" success with television’s The Simpsons, and guitar virtuoso Steve Vai reveals how his life as a doting dad keeps him grounded in an unpredictable business.

The decision to publish Masters of Music was a simple one, according David Kusek, director of Berklee Press. "There is not a musician alive that has not been influenced or inspired by one of these greats. Getting up close and personal with the accomplished musicians featured in Masters of Music helps aspiring artists realize what it really takes to be successful. It gives them incentive to persevere in a highly competitive industry."

Founding editor of Berklee Today, Andrew Taylor is currently assistant director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Taylor is an active author, lecturer, consultant and researcher, specializing in the impact of electronic communication s on the management, promotion, support and distribution of the performing arts.

Music journalist, Mark Small, has been editor of Berklee Today since 1992 and has contributed to Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Jazz Educators Journal and Drums and Drumming. A Berklee College of Music alumnus, he also holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and California State University. He has released four classical guitar CDs with the Mark Small/Robert Torres Duo, performed throughout the country and published numerous compositions for guitar.

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