Sherman Oaks, CA - September 20, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Few people understand the inner workings of the music industry like Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks. What he and others have created offer a real-life soundtrack to our daily lives whether we're experiencing new love or facing hardship. There is a soul music favorite song that fits the bill. One of the first black executives in the music industry, Westbrooks spent five decades promoting black music for both major and independent labels, while also finding time to be an author, speaker and university professor.
In 2017, Westbrooks released a revised edition of his groundbreaking 1981 book, The Anatomy of a Record Company: How to Survive the Record Business. The revised edition of this book includes a historical perspective of the music industry before the era of the Internet.
Additionally, Westbrooks' The Harvard Report Censored is now available for the first time as a stand-alone publication. For this extensive report, commissioned by Columbia Records Group in 1972, Harvard students conducted a six-month study that analyzed soul music as a commodity, with documented findings on talent signings, product acquisitions, budgets, market positioning and much more. The Harvard Report is a rare - and controversial - academic analysis of soul music and its global appeal.
The Anatomy of the Music Industry (released by Westbrooks in 2015) contains insights from more than 30 music executives who influenced the careers of Prince, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Sade, Kirk Franklin, Billy Idol, Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson and many more. Additionally, the book takes a hard look at how digital media and streaming impact today's music industry, with reflections from insiders on how music was marketed before and after the Internet.
Together, these three books form a coveted collection for artists, managers, educators and fans of the music business and invite audiences on an unprecedented journey through the evolution of popular music and the industry behind it.
Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks is a veteran music industry executive who made history in 1967 when he was hired by Capitol Records Distribution Corporation as their first African American territory salesman. Westbrooks found his niche in promoting black music to the mainstream, and in a career spanning five decades he helped garner more than one hundred million dollars in career sales, plus more than 50 gold and 25 platinum records. Westbrooks has been interviewed or chronicled by local and national press alike, including PBS and the BBC. Highlights of his career have been enshrined in the Logan H. Westbrooks Collection at Indiana University's Archives of African American Music and Culture, available online at https://aaamc.indiana.edu/Collections/Logan-H-Westbrooks
In 2014, LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, conferred upon Westbrooks an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, Tennessee will display coveted artifacts from Dr. Westbrooks' career when the venue opens in 2019.
Among Westbrooks' many awards and commendations are the 2015 Faith Award from Faith Love & Hope Unlimited, the Music Pioneer Award from United Music Heritage, Inc., and the Vanguard Award from The Living Legends Foundation.
For more information, please visit www.LoganWestbrooks.com.
The Anatomy of a Record Company: How to Survive the Record Business
Second Edition Release Date: March 2017
The Harvard Report Censored
Release Date: April 2017
The Anatomy of the Music Industry: How The Game Was and How The Game Has Changed
Release Date: August 2015
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