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Writing music contracts just became easier…and cheaper. Blogger, Phil Peretz (Indie4life and Indie Artists Alliance) has an entire 300-page directory of 80-plus contracts for all business situations. Delivered by .PDF, an artist, manager or label can download the document for free and then can order the modifiable word document. Peretz says, “This is our way of paying it forward to the music community. We know that times are tough and money is tight and we thought this would be a good way to help our music-business friends and drive some new traffic to our website and other businesses.” Visit


Off the Wall – Michael Jackson Dead at 50

michael-jacksonThe question will be asked for the next few decades: “Where were you when you found out Michael Jackson died?”. Like the deaths of Elvis Presley, John Lennon and the 9/11 tragedy the death of Michael Jackson will become a major milestone people will use to mark the important times of their lives. As our society becomes more and more celebrity-obsessed the instances we will use the lives of celebrities to measure our own will continue to grow, as Jackson’s death reminds us.

Whether you are a fan of Jackson’s music or not, he was a pop culture icon and quite possibly the most well-known person on our planet. That point was hit home when I was working out in the gym yesterday only to be surprised by the headlines accompanying his death. At first, only reported his death – kind of weird as is mostly a gossip site – but soon CNN and Fox News and all of the other more respected news sites soon followed suit. What was unsettling was that most of the others there took his death in stride, not surprised at Jackson’s sudden passing. I am guessing not many actually believed it, being exposed to so many Jackson rumors over the years. Alas, it is true and one of the most talented individuals ever is gone.

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Rock and Roll Report Podcast 54 – The Hammock and iPod Show!

girl-in-hammock-webFinally! Rock and Roll Report Podcast #54 was a long time coming but if you are a regular reader of the site you will know that we have been having major server issues that had to be addressed and so my time was preoccupied by that for the last few weeks.

This week’s podcast has been in the works for a long time. I have been wanting to do a “headphones show” for awhile and the playlist for this podcast is very much suited for relaxing in a hammock or on a lounge chair, preferably on the beach or by the pool with headphones on. The songs deal with love, lost, escape and failure and the lyrics are definitely worth listening to carefully.

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This is what I played this week:

  1. Rock and Roll Report Podcast Intro by Featured On Fridays
  2. All That I Need by Devi
  3. Mother Road by Old Californio
  4. Failure by Broke City
  5. Preacher Man by Casey Desmond
  6. Sway Again by Lick And A Promise
  7. Starry Eyes by Didium & the Black Bonnie Picture
  8. The Flood by Way To Go Einstein
  9. Nine Points by Relief
  10. Gravity by The Tender Box
  11. Sailboat by Simon Jaymes
  12. Rock and Roll Report Podcast Outro by Featured On Fridays

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