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- November 2003 -

The Indie Bible: Independent Music Promotion
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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. DJs are human beings too! Part I by Lord Litter
8. Copyright Basics: Joint Works - PART III by author Bobby Borg














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THIS MONTH'S PRIZE WINNERS

This month's winner of the Sennheiser E835 microphone (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Miss Mink, Brentwood, TN

This month's winner of a pair of Sennheiser HD280Pro headphones (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Mike Bolenbach, Phoenix, AZ

This month's winner of a one year subscription to Electronic Musician Magazine (visit http://www.emusician.com) is:
- Travis Fludd, Brooklyn, NY

This month's winners of the A&R Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) are:
- Troy Neilson, Charters Settlement, NB
- Chris Vibberts, Forestville, CA
- Ms. Joey Marguerite, Seattle, WA

This month's winner of the Publisher's Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) is:
- Dean Fields, Franklin, TN

The winners of the Musician's ToolKit CD (for more information visit https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com ) are:
- Donald S. Fisher, Waukesha, WI

The winner of "100 Miles to a Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth (for more information on this book, visit http://www.songrepair.com )
- Ricky Lewis, Riverside, CA

The winner of the Sumadek (for more information visit http://www.sumadek.com/indiebible.html ) is:
- George Anderson, Oakland, CA

The winner of the Galaris Musician's Directory (for more information visit http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?icb ) is:
- Shelly Huffman, Treasure Island, FL

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the November Edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

This month, world famous radio host Lord Litter returns with another excellent article on how to properly send your music to the various DJs/Shows around the world. It's not a perfect science, but Lord Litter's insight will help you to give yourself the best chance possible of getting your music played.

The second article is by Bobby Borg, author of "The Musician's Handbook". In this last installment of his 3 Part article, Bobby continues to focus on the key issues involved with "Joint Rights". Bobby gives a breakdown of the legalities involved with song collaboration.

Many people have contacted me every since MP3.com went down, asking me what other sites there are where you can upload your MP3s. Well, there's tons of them, so don't worry. I've listed some of the more popular ones in Section 5 of this newsletter (in case you were not aware, the Indie Bible lists "over 200" of the top MP3 sites).

I'm also pleased to announce that the 5th Edition of the Indie Bible has just been released. The new edition is 342 pages, and has over 10,000 contacts. There are also 50+ helpful articles that are guaranteed to increase your chances of success. You can purchase the new edition online at: http://www.indiebible2003.com or visit your local Borders, Barnes & Noble, Sam Ash or Guitar Center. In Canada you can find the Indie Bible at Long & McQuade stores. There is finally a solid distribution point in both the UK and Australia, so orders to Europe and Australia will arrive a lot faster than in the past.

As is the case every month, there is a large group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the November issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
The Indie Contact Newsletter
newsletter@indiebible.com

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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in October. The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.

1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Services that will help you to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful resources and promotional sites for recording artists

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For consideration, send CDs, song titles, contact information to:

NOMA Music
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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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i.m. Magazine
Anje anje@imindie.com
http;//www.imindie.com
A slick, full-color, bi-monthly journal for the independent music industry, independent artists, and fans of independent music. It features independent artists and musicians of all genres - from indie rock to hip-hop, IM features insightful articles, interviews and content designed to help independent artists succeed.

The Rock Spot
Nina Interlandi rockspotnyc@yahoo.com
http://www.therockspot.com
An NYC-based band collective. Our site features, music, reviews, articles, resources, opportunities, and events listings.

Goodtimes Music
Daniel Gray, A&R info@goodtimesmusic.net
http://www.goodtimesmusic.net
Dedicated in given independent artists gain to unlimited exposure. For a review of your latest album, please submit promo pak to Goodtimes Music,Att; Daniel Gray, A&R, PO Box 562, Swink, CO 81077

Muzik Reviewz
Mary Rudy mary@muzikreviewz.com
http://www.muzikreviewz.com
A Music Promotion Website, with the musician/artist/band always in mind. We offer music news, artist reviews, cd and demo reviews, interviews, press releases, musician links, music-related articles, advertising packages to suite your budget. Web Designers to give your webpage the look you want. Customized Artist/Band/Venue logos also available.

Hip Hop Logic
Clyde Smith hiphoplogic@netweed.com
http://www.netweed.com/hiphoplogic
We review all hip hop related products that we receive and links to related sites including other reviewers.

Traditional Music Maker Magazine
Brian Healey - Editor tradmusic@btinternet.com
http://www.tradmusic.net
The official journal of the Music Maker Association. Dedicated to the promotion of independent song-writers and performers. Folk, country, pop, rock and world music.

Spunout Central
Adam Mico admin@spunoutcentral.com
http://spunoutcentral.com
We are a weekly online magazine that features indie, commercial and classic music reviews. Submit your recording to Spunout Central if you would like your review based on the artist's interpreted intent and its purpose rather than a critic's personal preference.

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Radio Crystal Blue
Dan Herman cblue456@optonline.net
http://www.radiocrystalblue.com
A weekly program heard on Live365 featuring the best of the independents, the unsigned, the unsung, and many talented musicians from all over the Internet. Dan Herman focuses on NYC as well as some national and international talent of all genres. Dan revives the lost art of presenting music in a freeform format, combined with a good amount of eclecticism. Live shows each Sunday 7pm till 1am EST. Archived playlists at http://cblue.lunarpages.com

The Last Exit for the Lost
Seriah Azkath lastexit@thelastexit.org
http://www.thelastexit.org
We strongly support indie Metal, Goth, Punk, Industrial, etc.

Rock Hell Radio
James Saltzman rockhellradio@yahoo.com
http://www.live365.com/stations/jamz67
An internet punk radio station. We accept music submissions for radio play from any punk band.

Adventures In Plasticland
Stan Hilborn spacedman40@hotmail.com
http://www.romislokus.com/eng/stan.html
A 3 hour radio show on FM 98.5, CKWR out of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Progressive, Acid, Stoner, Psychedelic, Garage, Indie and Rock musics of the 60's up to now. "Elevator Music for the Elevated Mind".

Dynamic Independent Radio WDYN.net
wdyn@wdyn.net
http://www.dynamicindieradio.com
WE PLAY ALL INDIES 24/7. If you have a CD you want us to play, send it to this address. Dynamic Independent Radio, 2844-46 Dewey Ave. Rochester, NY 14616 Include the form at:
http://www.wdyn.net/playme.html Also check out our Featured Artist Series at: http://wdyn.us/featuredartists

The Mix Usa
dj@1mix.net
http://www.1mix.net
We have been promoting bands worldwide since '98. We run our own radio station on the net 24/7.

New Artist Radio
http://www.newartistradio.net
A FREE service offered to bands & new artists that would like to get their music heard World Wide on a Top 40 Show & 5 Radio Shows, Sign Up Today!!

ROCK SOLID PRESSURE
RockSolidPressure@yahoo.com
http://RockSolidLinks.tripod.com
http://expage.com/LookWhatsComin
The hit internet gameshow for the indie community. Sponsored by industry giants and hosted by the high profile DJ team of J-Rock and Patty The Radio Girl! Competitions are followed by 'The After Party', an indie music celebration..Wednesday night at 8:00pm est on Cyberstationusa.com

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4. ONLINE SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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FireStorm Recordings
Dale Canter Dale@FireStormRecordings.com
http://www.FireStormRecordings.com
We are an Independent Record Label, Distributor, and so much more!

Punchcard Media, Inc.
Astrid Bin astrid@punchcardmedia.com
http://www.punchcardmedia.com
A marketing firm specializing in design and marketing for the indie musician. With services that range from affordable creative consultation to promotional planning to seminars where you can learn to do it all yourself, Punchcard Media works with independent musicians to help them achieve maximumnotorietyy and exposure on an indie music budget.

All Night Records
Barb Dybwad barb@allnightrecords.net
http://www.allnightrecords.net
Releasing hard rocking records by primarily female artists.

The Lyrical Sultan
Junior Brown info@lyricalsultan.com
http://www.lyricalsultan.com
A Record Company / Artist Agency that works with all forms of music, but specialises in Reggae.

Agitate The System
Matt Campisi agitatethesys@aol.com
http://www.agitatethesystem.com
Metal, hardcore, punk, emo indie music record label/distro, indie movies, products, concerts, and music promotion.

Bu Hanan Records
Alex Lazara alexlazara@buhananrecords.com
http://www.buhananrecords.com Independentt record label based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rock, Electronica, Americana, Slow Core, IDM , Experimental. Accepts submissions.

Pith Records
Will Dayble info@pithrecords.com
http://www.pithrecords.com
We are anindependentt label who provide production, promotion and distribution for local Melbourne bands, including mp3s, web design, hosting etc. Metal mostly, but very cool.

MyGlobalSound.com
Bensin info@myglobalsound.com
http://www.myglobalsound.com
Our mission is to combine cutting edge technology, ingenuity, creativity, customer satisfaction, and overall pristine product quality to provide our clients with the best means to get their music heard globally. It is our goal to make you a success whether you decide to be part of a record label or if you decide independence is the only way to go.

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CD Baby has been featured in the NY Times, MSNBC, Wired, CNET and more. 10,000 CUSTOMERS A DAY go through cdbaby.com looking for CDs like yours. Such a popular online store, you HAVE to make sure your CD is there. They pay $20,000 a week to musicians like you (over $1 million so far!) ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO START SELLING is go to http://www.cdbaby.net Takes 5 minutes. Send them a box of CDs. They'll sell them and pay you. Real cool people. Total first-class treatment. Great CD distribution.
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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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INDEED VIDEO
Sonny Harrisson info@indeedvideo.com
http://www.indeedvideo.com
We promote good underground music videos for free. See website for submission details.

Latest Music Videos
Roy Roberts mail@home-madevideos.com
http://www.latestmusicvideos.com
You will find a massive number of the latest music videos for your listening and viewing pleasure. Ours is a TOTALLY UNIQUE website in that we not only show mainstream artists but also act as a showcase for many artists and bands of the future.

IndieFan.com
BlackJack, Editor blackjack@indiefan.com
http://www.indiefan.com
A community of independent bands, labels and fans. Many IndieFan contributors are in bands or involved in the indie scene in their regions. IndieFan is the home of IndieFan Radio broadcasting the best independent music with hour-long blocks of alternative rock, punk, metal, hip-hop and electronica nightly. Other features include the new IndieFan TV, genre focus sections, regional scene sections, live chat, forums, interviews, reviews, articles, links and resources.

AMPCAST.COM
http://www.ampcast.com
Our mission is to provide the internet?s foremost site dedicated solely to the musical artist and, in so doing, free him or her from the constraints of traditional methods of promoting music (i.e., major label record companies).

Apple's iTunes Music
indies@applemusic.com
http://www.applemusic.com
It?s what music lovers have been waiting for: a music store with Apple?s legendary ease of use, offering a hassle-free way to preview, buy and download music online quickly and easily. The iTunes Music Store has virtually every category of music to choose from.

BuyMusic.com
http://www.buymusic.com
We offer approximately 300,000 songs for download in all categories of music from Top Ten to rare independents.

Listen.com RHAPSODY
http://www.listen.com
The celestial jukebox that gives you unlimited access to thousands of albums right from your PC. Only RHAPSODY brings together the largest legal collection of digital music in the world, the Internet's best radio, flexible CD burning and detailed music information - all in one easy-to-use service.

bandtattoo.com
lotus@bandtattoo.com
http://www.bandtattoo.com
Unsigned band and indie group database. Streaming audio, downloads.

BeSonic.com
http://www.besonic.com
You can only upload music, lyrics and pictures (material) to which you have the copyright or the written approval of the copyright owner.

epitonic.com
http://www.epitonic.com
Our goal is to exalt the unexalted. Utilizing the liberated mp3 format, Epitonic.com aspires to live up to our neologistic moniker, the center from which waves of disruptive purity emit.

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The Indie Band Vault
Charlie charlie@indiebandvault.com
http://indiebandvault.com
Free music site featuring unsigned original alternative/rock bands. Bands can submit their sites for free to be posted on The Indie Band Vault. The site is ranked #1 for the search words "indie band(s)" on all the major search engines which makes it a great resource for exposure on the internet. This site only features 20-40 bands at a time so your band wont get lost in a sea of thousands.

Britishhiphop dwyz dwyz@britishhiphop.com
http://www.britishhiphop.com
Set up as an unsigned resource site to help people in all areas of UK hip hop to have a portal where they can display their work and details to the industry and public.

RockSocial.com
seanrox seanrox@rocksocial.com
http://www.rocksocial.com
Atlanta's Rock Social Club. Plan and co-promote prime acts and venues.

Spine Productions
Enoch Ben-Abraham enoch@spineproductions.com
http://www.spineproductions.com
We arrange local, regional, and national showcases. We also offergraphich design, web design, merchandise services (mathbooks, apparell, vinyl decal stickers, full color stickers, backstage pass, 8x10 promo pics, temporary tattoos, and much more).

Geek Stink Breath
Dujo aNiceGreenDay@hotmail.com
http://www.powow.com/gsb/index2.html
Information about punk rock music.

VABEST.com
Tom tkirby@vabest.com
http://www.vabest.com
A retail shopping site for unique art, food, wine, music, books and crafts, all by Virginia individuals and companies. We provide complete e-commerce services and support for our vendors, including free site design, catalog setup and maintenance. We sell your goods for a small commission and annual fee. We also provide free site hosting for selected non-profits.

Scratch, Pop & Hiss
CASETTA attesac@aol.com
http://www.backwash.com/content.php?id=150
A monthly column housed at Backwash.com that focuses on music of all genres with emphasis on the independent, obscure and unknown and how it affects the writers world. Backwash is also a link farm providing a directory with interactive discussion on the content.

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7. DJs ARE HUMAN BEINGS TOO! (how to approach indie/underground DJs) Part I
NO copyright by Lord Litter, November 2003 .. so, spread if you like!

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First thing I do in the morning is check the e-mail. There used to be 100+ mails (it's now 150+ and I'm using a spam filter!) .. sure lotsa spam 'n other trash .. but if I was to work on the trash and the serious letters in full detail it would take me at least 3 to 4 hours.

Next I go to the mail box 'n check for new releases. I now receive an average of 5 CDs daily. If I was to work on these in full detail (really listen, write down songs for airplay, send a response that the CD arrived, etc.) it would take me approx. another 4 to 5 hours.

Add a one hour break for eating/relaxing .. that adds up to 10 hours. I guess it's obvious that this doesn't work. Dj-ing is *one third of my life* .. the second third is my own *music/artist career* .. last third is freelancing in the multi media genre .. oops .. did I forget something? Well, what about a *private life/relaxing/etc.* .. ha, ha, ha .. what's that???

I don't think that I can speak for all *free-indie-underground-DJs* but from corresponding I know that there are many similarities, so let me tell you about some do's and don'ts if you are in touch with *indie-underground* DJs.

THE CONTACT
It's obvious that indie-bands can't send thousands of CDs to just any station/DJ - that's the way the major-promo system does it (their financial background allows it). This system is totally sick - I've seen the piles of releases to be thrown away that didn't reach the *fitting desk*.

So, first work on a database with stations/DJs that play your kind of music. A very good source to find hundreds of reliable addresses worldwide is the Indie Bible https://www.indiebible.com . One good way for a first contact is an e-mail with a very brief description of the artist/band (incl. web-link for those who want to check). Ask if it would be ok to send a CD for possible airplay. Make it an *easy plain text e-mail* HTML e-mails, online press packages and all other *fancy internet stuff* leads to problems. Normally e-mails are downloaded then the DJ goes offline. All *fancy internet stuff* only works if the one who reads it is online while doing so - I basically delete all *fancy internet stuff*. Don't forget: the internet is still more expensive in Europe than in the USA!

Now concentrate on the ones that answer - sounds logical. Those are the ones that have proved to be *reliable*.

If the station/DJ has info with *instructions* on how to send, check it! Some ask for two copies (one for the DJ the other one for archive for example) othersprobablyy are not that much interested in heaps of fancy band info (like band pictures, reviews etc). others may not promote you if you don't send the *full package*.

In my case the best way is to include info with the main facts that can be folded and put into the CD jewel case - the CD is what the DJ will keep!!! If you make sure that the CD has all a DJ needs to have - the main facts about the artist that's perfect! Also make sure that it's close to impossible to NOT find a working e-mail address! .. best is to have it somewhere on the cover. Have an e-mail address that's easy to remember and that really works!! You wouldn't believe how often I get the playlists back because the e-mail doesn't work. If you want to be *professional*, it should be listed like this:
Name: "My Band"
Website: http://www.myband.com
e-mail: myband@myband.com

..that's all very easy to remember and leaves no questions! I totally stopped all kind of extra *research*!! .."where is the e-mail? ... ok, lets surf to the site 'n see if I can find it" .. no way! - no more research!!

And now THE IRRITATING PART:
The above is very much based on my own way to handle it all. BUT - there are also DJs who prefer just receiving the releases without any pre-emails .. if they like it they will play it. Some then send a playlist - some play it and DON'T send a playlist but probably have message boards or own websites where they post their playlists. I bet there are many more ways to handle it all. I guess it all leads back to the fact that you have to set up your personal DJ data base and cooperate with the ones that *you can get along with* ... there are even DJs who still like snail mail letters!! So it is a good idea to have as many facts as possible in your DJ data base. Also facts that *identify* the human being behind it all are very worthwhile, like birthday, day job, special hobbies etc. etc. - if you have some of these facts the person *behind the DJ* comes alive and you can set up a *personal relationship* which sure leads to many positive aspects for you as musician.

***continued next month***

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Lord Litter.. keeps struggling to promote the *TRUE* indie attitude! .. producing shows for: Radio Marabu (Germany) / Cyberstorm Radio (USA) / Jolly Roger Radio Irelandd) http://www.LordLitter.de LordLitter@LordLitter.de
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New York GEMS: April 3-4

Los Angeles GEMS: June 12-13

Website: http://www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com

Previous speakers, panelists and participants have included recognized innovators in media, humanitarianism, music, film and video.

Attendees include: A&R, publishers, producers, directors, media outlets, agents, casting directors, music supervisors, marketing directors, music licensing, record companies, talent directors, performing artists, songwriters and performing rights associations.
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One of the original musician resource websites, Indie-Music.com offers thousands of contacts - venues, studios, media, radio, labels, and more. Plus, an extensive archive of how-to's for the music business, and up-to-date commentary on the industry. The Indie News newsletter provides a free tip sheet with listings for radio airplay, record label submissions, gig opportunities, and more. https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com
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8. COPYRIGHT BASICS: JOINT WORKS PART III by Bobby Borg author of "The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business"
? 2003 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Exceptions to Copyright Law Per Written Agreement

Clearly, when two or more writers get together to write a song, it's advisable for the co-authors to have a written agreement between them that not only confirms their individual shares in a song (as discussed above), but also defines HOW A COMPOSITION CAN AND CANNOT BE USED, AND WHO CAN USE IT FIRST. Some successful artists are known for going as far as having long-form agreements granting them primary control of a song whenever they collaborate with other writers. This means if you ever write with such an artist, it's possible you can own a 25 percent share in a composition, and have absolutely no say in how the song will be used.

Although written agreements are extremely important and are always the best remedy for avoiding potential misunderstandings or disputes, Ed Pierson at Warner/Chappell music says you'd be surprised at the number of collaborating writers who NEVER formulate an understanding between them. And despite what copyright law might say, the standard practice among most companies interested in using your music is to FIRST AND FOREMOST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM EACH AUTHOR INDIVIDUALLY anyway. This in no way is meant to undermine the importance of a written agreement. Again, a preliminary understanding between owners as to how a composition can and cannot be used is still the best precaution for all involved.

Restrictions to Transfer or Sale of Copyright

Finally, one more brief point regarding joint works and the control each writer can or cannot exercise. This deals with transferring or selling copyrights, as in the case when signing a publishing agreement with a publishing company. Remember, under the principles you learned above, the joint owners of a composition can technically issue as many non- exclusive licenses they want as long as they account for them to the other owners. The exception to this rule is if there's a written agreement between the writers stating otherwise. But note this one important distinction: There's a difference between licensing the rights and selling the rights, and UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN THE INDIVIDUAL WRITERS TRANSFER OR SELL THE RIGHTS IN THE ENTIRE COMPOSITION UNLESS ALL OF THE WRITERS JOINTLY AGREE!

Suppose you co-wrote a song with a friend who was about to release an album with a major label. Since there was a lot of hype generated around the band, your friend decided to seek the assistance of an experienced music publishing company to help issue licenses for the use of his songs, place his songs in films and television, and as an added bonus, pay him a large advance against future royalty earnings. The price for all of this, however, is that he has to transfer copyright ownership in all of his songs (as is generally the case when signing most publishing agreements). So here's the problem: your friend is permitted to transfer HIS RIGHTS in the song which you co- wrote, but he cannot transfer the entire song unless YOU JOINTLY AGREE. In essence, he can sign over his shares in the song to a publishing company, while you retain your rights and sign with a publisher of your choice. If that isn't clear, then look it at as jointly owning real estate. If one owner wants to sell his share of property, it's his right; however, he cannot sell the entire property without your permission.

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Bobby Borg is the author of "The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business," by Billboard Books. Available online at Amazon.com

For more information: http://www.bobbyborg.com
Mail to:bborg@earthlink.net
Bobby Borg, PO Box 18564, Beverly Hills, CA 90209
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