The Ten Commandments
(Updated) for Musicians
by Christopher Knab ,
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Ten Commandments of Rock & Roll
1. Suck up to the top cats.
2. Do not express independent opinions.
3. Do not work for the common interest, only factional interests.
4. If thereís nothing to complain about, dig up some old gripe.
5. Do not respect property
or persons other than band property or persons.
6. Make devastating judgments on persons and situations without adequate information.
7. Discourage and confound personal, technical and/or creative projects.
8. Single out absent persons for intense criticism.
9. Remember that anything you donít understand is trying to fuck with you.
10. Destroy yourself physically and morally and insist that all true brothers do likewise
as an expression of unity.
The NEW Ten Commandments
for Recording Artists and Bands
By Christopher Knab
1. Never suck up to the top brass at record labels.
2. Always express your independent opinions.
3. Always work for the common interest AND watch out for any factional interests.
4. If there is nothing to complain about, stay on the track you have chosen.
respect property and the persons you work with AND your own property and your fanís/gatekeeper's property as well.
6. Never make rash judgments on persons without knowing for sure what you are talking about.
7. Encourage and praise personal, technical and realistic creative projects, as long as they prove to be working.
8. Do not single out anyone or put blame on others for your mistakes.
9. Remember that anything you donít understand about the inner workings of the music business
is your fault, and no one elseís.
10. Strengthen yourself physically and morally, but donít expect others to do the same.
Christopher Knab is an independent music business consultant based in Seattle, Washington. He
is available for private consultations on promoting and marketing independent music, and can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Knab's book, 'Music Is Your Business'
is available from the Music Biz Academy bookstore.
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