Everybody’s a Star

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, September 18, 2000, http://www.publishersweekly.com

“Performing arts is definitely a niche, a small part of the entire publishing business,” says Matt Kelsey, publisher of Miller Freeman, which this month celebrates l0 years of producing books for rock, jazz and blues musicians and fans. “Most of these books will not make it to the bestseller list. Still, it’s becoming easier to reach niche audiences, especially with Amazon.com and other online booksellers and Web sites. We’re doing 25 books this year,” adds Kelsey, “up from 20 in the last couple of years. Interest in music books is growing because of things like MP3 and Napster.” Among Miller Freeman’s fall titles are Michael Bloomfield: If You Love These Blues by Jan Mark Wolkin and Bill Keenom, an oral history of the late blues guitarist accompanied by a CD, and The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music by the Mockingbird Foundation.

-Robert Dahlin

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