there's not a lot that hasn't already been said about The Indie Bible.
There isn't a single negative review about this book to be found
anywhere on the planet, at least as far as I've seen. Here's my crack
The Circular Cosmic Spot
The bulk of the book is dedicated to listing outlets and resources for
various genres of music. No matter what style, be it mainstream or the
most far-out niche, this book packs a punch.
Cool thing is if your style doesn't fit, there's probably a close
match. Still no luck? there's listings for all styles. If what you're
producing still doesn't fit, send it to me because I've gotta hear it.
There's an extremely helpful "Section Six: Articles that will
Help you to Succeed in the Music Business." 39 articles from
industry folks that pretty much guide you through all the ins and outs
of being a playa in tha' biz.
I mean, here's the beef, people. If this was a hamburger you could get
at McDonalds, I'd be the 12-Pound Triple Stack Combo. The ins and outs
of the biz, from soup to nuts. The only shortcoming is that the lyrics
for 'Show Business' by A Tribe Called Quest are nowhere to be found.
As a reviewer I can vouch for the advice in the "Getting Your
Music Reviewed" section. Christ if only a tiny fraction of the
submitters to my site read the advice in this section I'd be one happy
hombre. Please. For my sanity.
Keith Hannaleck nails it on the head with his article "What A
Reviewer Wants From An Artist." Believe me, an ounce of
common-sense professionalism and common courtesy go one hell of a long
Some of my big pet-peeves are those mailers that have the shredded old
bits of fabric and lint for packing material. No matter how you open
it the stuff gets all over the place. I also enjoy when the material
just barely fits in the envelope and I tear through it when I open the
package. And please, PLEASE if you're going to send me a CD of
material that you've burned yourself, encode the track titles in the
song files. And don't use a marker to label a store-brought CD-ROM. I
But I digress. Give your hard work a decent chance and follow the
advice in the book. It's the best $25 investment an indie musician can
make. Get The Indie Bible before the Mackie, before the Tascam, and
way before the bulk blank CD-ROM's.
- Art Grauer
Indie Bible is now in its third publication. David Wimble continues to
improve his publication by offering the artist every possible viable
contact in Independent music, over 6000 to be exact. This new version
is expanded to include 33 articles by some of the most respected
people in the industry. Each article offers advice and guidance in
literally every aspect of marketing your music. Including several
online resources, this book is now available in major music stores and
bookstores in the U.S. and Canada. Also new to this edition are the
inclusions of listings for Women In Music, Christian Music, New Age,
and Goth/Industrial. An added bonus is another new section covering
both Music and Radio Promoters.
I am impressed with the continual research and development of this
publication. Wimble has kept his focus and his passion on the right
path. His obvious concern for the independent artist is his driving
force. Having personally traveled down the road of the musician has
helped David to get an insiders view to the wrongs and rights of
marketing your product. There is nothing more powerful than personal
experience to understand a subject matter. He has rapidly become a
crackerjack writer, editor and researcher.
If you are an artist in need of one book to cover every aspect of
music and marketing it properly, this an experts guide to doing so.
The book also offers prime advertising space for music related
companies and their products and releases. You will notice several
artists have taken advantage of one-page ads to promote their latest
releases. Considering the now vast circulation of this publication in
traditional and digital formats, advertisement just doesnít get any
better. So whatever your focus or need is this fantastic publication
has an answer for you.
The success of this publication is evident, as each successive
publication has gotten more diverse and voluminous. You can now stop
your long and arduous search for answers to your questions, they can
all be found in this comprehensive resource guide.
Highlights: The Indie Bible shows you where to get your music
reviewed, your songs played, and your CDs sold. Now in it's third
edition, The Indie Bible is 320 pages of contacts and music-related
* 2700 Radio Station/Shows
* 2300 Music Review Publications
* 440 CD Vendors/Promoters
* 340 MP3 Sites
* 300 Misc. Resources
* 6100 Total Contacts
* Plus 33 Music-Related Articles"
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
"WOW is all I can say. Well....I guess I have to say more
than "Wow" or you're not going to get much out of this
review, are you. ;-) Here's the thing: This is an absolutely priceless
resource for indie musicians. If you want your music reviewed, on the
radio, *heard*, THIS is the resource you need to have. It's not going
to tell you "how" but it will *certainly* tell you
"who". Everybody is in here. And I do mean *everybody* (yup.
The Muse's Muse too!). David has listed everyone's name and e-mail
addresses where applicable, along with their urls. Why only urls, you
ask? Because by going to that url, you can likely locate all the
latest contact information and those things change pretty quickly.
Trying to keep up with that would be an impossible task. Still,
there's a lot that needs to be kept up with anyway. Because of that,
two or three issues come out per year with updated information that
David himself and the readers who use his bible, find out about. There
are five sections: reviewers of independent music, radio stations that
are willing to play independent music, services that will help you
sell your music over the internet, sites that will allow you to upload
music files, and sites that will allow you to upload information about
your band for FREE. Each section is divided into genre, then by
geographical location. It's enormously useful and should save you
hours and hours of trawling the net only to find dead links and
information that doesn't apply to you at all. The Indie Bible is a
great tool and one I highly recommend you pick up in order to
compliment your other music marketing techniques."
recently received a promotional copy of this amazing book, and was
simply blown away at the amount of information that it contains. I've
been hearing about it for some time now, but never actually seen first
hand how impressive this book really is, until now. Honestly, I wish
that I had a tool like this when I was an indie artists. Just about
every website, radio station, and magazine that supports independent
music can be found in this one book. Not only that, it also has some
great articles from music professionals, (like myself), of whom are
some of the most respected folks in the business. This is what you'll
get: 2300 publications that will review your music, 2700 radio
stations that will play your music, and 440 services that will help
you sell your music. David Wimble, the editor of this great resource,
has spent endless hours doing the research for you. All you have to do
is buy the book, and get started using it.
If you want to truly maximize your exposure on the web and in the real
world, then I have a book for you. If you are truly a serious
artist/band, who truly wants everything that the web and real world
will allow you, then read these reviews and buy this book! If you
don't own this book, if you don't use this book, then you obviously do
not want much from your music career. It's that simple."
"David Wimble (Big Meteor Publishing) has published the
third edition of "The Indie Bible," perhaps the most
complete guide for independent musicians aiming to get their music
reviewed, listened to, played on the radio, sold, and downloaded. With
over 6,000 contacts arranged by category, those hell-bent on success
are sure to find new and interesting resources in their quest. Buying
a copy won't guarantee a gold record, but it will give those willing
to devote time and energy to promotion numerous ideas and outlets for
exposure. It also serves as an excellent resource for anyone that is
directly related to helping bands and artists gain exposure, like
promoters and labels. "
Music Biz Academy
"If you're a serious musician seeking contacts for
promoting your music, there are two ways to go - you can scour the
internet searching for the occassional contact database which may or
may not be complete and up-to-date, or you can get yourself a copy of
the comprehensive Indie Contact Bible. It's all here - radio stations,
people to review your CD, online CD resellers and vendors - pretty
much everything you need to start making phone calls. Oh, and no need
to guess whether or not that radio station is looking for music - the
only stations listed in here are those actively seeking new talent. No
matter where you are in the world (this is an INTERNATIONAL contact
list) you'll find useful contacts ready and willing to give your music
a listen. A very handy, and attractive tool for the working musicians
Wimble is a musician, composer of songs, and the author of the
authorative reference guide, "The Indie Bible." Wimble knows
from personal experience as an Indie artist how difficult it is to
market oneself and their product. He decided to take action and make
this happen, rather than wait for something to happen. Because of his
proactive stance and diligence, he has changed hundreds of lives by
offering a marvelous multi-faceted resource for anyone involved in
Wimble spent many months compiling, researching, and sifting through
data of every kind to create this literal encyclopedia of contact
information. This edition is the second printing. It has listings of
2,100 publications that will review your CD, 1,600 radio stations that
will play your music, and 200 online vendors that will sell your
music. In addition, Wimble sends out a monthly E-mail newsletter with
URL updates and additions, and other interesting news pertaining to
the music industry.
This is not only a useful tool; it's a necessity for anyone in the
business. I am a writer, and I found it extremely handy to look up
websites that cover indie music. There are a lot them, and the very
best of the web are found in these pages. So this guide is not limited
to the artist looking to market their music, it's a goldmine for the
music professional at any level, and the music fan alike.
Even though David is a musician first and foremost, I think with the
rise in popularity of this publicationÖ he will go down in the
annals of music history as a true folk hero and trailblazer for the
independent music industry."
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
received a package from Big Meteor Publishing the other day. Inside
was a very attractive 9" by 12" by 5/8" paperback book
entitled "The Indie Bible." I had been looking forward to
its arrival Because I had heard nothing but good about it.
My expectations were quite high; I had read on more than one website
that this was the definitive source guide for independent musicians
and I expected a monumental work worthy of such lofty praise. I was
The Indie Bible boasts "2700 radio stations that will play your
music," "2300 publictions that will review your music,"
and "440 Services that will help SELL your CDs." Along with
these listings are "33 Articles by Industry Experts That Will
IGNITE Your Music career." Okay, so much for the cover, now let's
open the book.
BAM! Everything promised is here, but what the cover can't prepare you
for is just how easy the guide is to use. Also, it's hard to imagine
2700 radio stations until you actually see the listings . . . page
after page of radio stations sorted by genre and country. Man! You've
struck GOLD! It just keeps getting better. The listings are quite
extensive, offering url's and emails and brief commentary/DESCRIPTIONs.
But that's not all . . .
Remember the "33 Articles by Industry Experts That Will IGNITE
Your Music career" . . . yep, they're there, all 33 of 'em and I
can almost guarantee if you read them and follow the advice given, you
career will, indeed, IGNITE.
"So," you ask, "what do you think of the Indie
Bible?" Let me put it this way . . . I don't know how I've gotten
as far as I have without it!
The Indie Bible is a PeaceWork Music "MUST READ" . . . buy
your copy today, you'll be thanking me just like I'm thanking Editor
David Wimble for compiling it . . . not to mention sending it to me.
with thousands of listings, contacts, web sites, phone numbers and
contact names, The Indie Bible is a massive 9x12 tome that no musician
or industry person should be without. By it's nature, any contact or
mass marketing list is only as good as its database, and we all know
that those change daily. Maintaining thousands of contacts is a
daunting task, let alone creating one in the first place, so the
thought behind this book is that the musician or publicist can spend
less time gathering the information and more time using it. After
selecting fifty entries at random, I logged on to the Internet and was
pleased to get forty-nine successful hits, which is a strong result.
To maintain a high rate of accurate returns, Editor David Wimble, in
his introduction, asks that corrections and additions be forwarded to
his attention (www.indiebible.com) has a community message board as
well as detailed information about the book itself).
The book is separated into different media - radio, magazines, etc. -
and then into musical genre within those parameters. Naturally there
are entries that span categories, and Wimble has used a judicious eye
to make this easy for the reader. Some entries list only a web
address, while others have complete contact information and/or a short
description of the listing. It appears that the comments were supplied
by the person submitting the listings rather than by the Editor, and
the book makes no effort to editorialize on the competency or
reliability of the specific contacts. While I'm certain any
responsible Editor would weed out known fraudulent entities, it's
virtually impossible for anyone to maintain that level of information
on a go-forward basis. So, buyer beware.
The Indie Bible claims that it lists "2300 publications that will
review your music, 2700 radio stations that will play your songs, and
440 services that will help sell your CDs". If I have to be the
one to tell you that claims like those are hogwash, you need this book
more than I thought. There is no way in Hell that you will get a
guaranteed review, or airplay, or distribution, and if you were to
press 5000 CDs and cover the radio stations and publications listed,
you'd be sorely disappointed at the results, unless you had a plan of
action. As a former Artist Manager and booking agent, I can tell you
that the number one cause of failure is that the musicians are too
inept - or too busy - to handle the business end of "show
business". Music styles may change, even the way we do business,
but the smart and persistent players will always rise above those who
expect the world to ring their doorbell. Here's where the book really
shines, with thirty-three excerpts and articles written by industry
people that (for the most part) spell out some great ground rules for
managing yourself as a player. While a lot of it may be common sense -
follow up your calls, always be polite and on time, etc. - you would
be amazed how many people fail at the first rung of the ladder. I
don't want to turn this into an industry lesson - I'm available for
those types of consults elsewhere - but do want to stress that that
section of the book alone is worth ten times the cover price if it
There are many books on the market for venue, magazine, club and other
listings, and depending upon your goals you may need more than one.
But in this day and age, if I were an independent musician (or a
publicist/manager who worked with one), I'd grab this book in a
heartbeat. It's only a starting point, however, and how you use the
information (and whom you put your trust in) will ultimately tell the
tale. Good luck! "
a HUGE new Local Music Section!!
you are an artist in need of one book to
cover every aspect of music and marketing it
properly, this an Experts Guide to doing
- Keith "MuzikMan"
Hanneleck, Music Dish
Indie Bible brings the pure spirit of art
and music one step closer to surviving among
the powerful jaws of corporate envelope
pushing. This carefully arranged collection
of addresses for musicians is a must for
intelligent indies. Why be a slave to labels
when David's work can give us long wings
instead? His book can help us all sing (in
the words of Ani DiFranco): O I'm gonna take
the money I make and go away..."
- Bridget Brigitte,
singer/songwriter and CEO, BAM Productions
you on providing such a great service to
musicians and music-related companies!"
- Greg Mercer,
Editor-in-Chief, Punkt Zine
have been getting contacted by people who
say our radio project has been listed in the
Indie Bible. I appreciate this and wanted to
thank you. The artists are receiving lots of
airplay and are all very happy!"
- Bruce Callow, Radio
Host, Costa Rica Radio Show
rule! I just checked out a couple of pages
and it already looks great!"
- Nick Costanzo, Cave
think the Indie Bible kicks ass, so I'd love
to get some people to you!"
- Pamela West, Angelfly
your publication looks great and obviously
provides a great service."
- Roger Smith, Promoter
a wonderful publication and I am happy to
recommend it whole-heartedly to everyone we
- Peter Whitehead, The
great! The articles alone are worth the
- Beau Wadsworth,
love this book!"
- Billie Joyce, Recording
face it. the indie artist is a small
business owner. The Indie Bible provides the
information you need to get your music out
there as an industry professional."
- Gigi Swanson, former
director of the Music Business program,
was the best $24 I've ever spent. I have
over 120 radio stations around the world
asking for my CD!"
- Mark Pfau, Graffiti
bible blew us away!"
- Lyric Jude, Tuchix
an independent, unsigned musician, finding
information can be difficult and time
consuming. I know. I am one. But the Indie
Bible has taken care of most of my beginning
research by pulling everything together into
one publication. The music industry is
changing and more and more independent
artists like myself are able to grab a slice
of the pie with help from publications like
this one. So, whether you are beginning your
musical journey or whether you are farther
along, this is one of the best books you
could ever add to your research library. I
know because Iíve used it and it has
helped me in more ways than you could
imagine! Iíve even begun using it in the
classes and workshops I give! Everyone has
found the Indie Bible helpful."
- Vicki Logan, President
of the Minnesota Assoc. of Songwriters
LOVE my Indie Bible!!!"
- Madame Venus, Swamp
Indie Bible is a must have resource to
anyone - on any side or level - of the music
- Ben McLane, Esq, Music
It looks like an incredible resource. Thank
- Bob Sullivan, Skyfin
an excellent compilation of resources for
Indies. As a new "bedroom label"
we will be getting much use out of it!"
- Kelly McTiernan, Koala
has been affiliated with the Indie Bible for
nearly four years now and has received much
correspondence and new music to share with
our visitors and listeners as a result. It's
an amazing resource no independent musician
or indie music biz should be without!"
- Andie Jones, Editor and
really just admire what you are doing with
the Indie Bible. It's so helpful, man... for
many indie bands. Keep up your hard work
dude. Just keep on chooglin."
- Jon Hensley, DarkSide
of the Radio Show
have my copy & I refer to it every
- Denise Vasquez,
Indie Bible is my most often used
- Tracylyn, Good Rain
are doing a great job for us musicians.
THANKS again! "
- Juliette Esper,
for making our lives easier!"
- Johnny Jace, The Ivory