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To my daughter , Amelia Worth. You rock, Kitten.

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Thanks to London May, Lydia Lam, Blaine Graboyes, Skip and Beauty's Confusion, Joe Folladori, P. Kim L , Reuben Chandler, Miles Montalbano, Lee Jones in Manchester, John Abella, Mike Stan, Doug Hilsinger, Jay Crawford, Tony Fag, Paul Kirk, Pete Steele, Aaron Nemoyten, Richard Urbano, Tiffany Couser, Tobi in Nuremberg, Michael Woody, JP Kelly, Tracy Hatfield. And as always, I wish to thank and praise Todd McNeill, my genius Web provider.

Thanks to Mike G. Kelley.

Credits for bands featured in photos in this book and on the CD:

The Sick Lipstick: Lindsey Gillardvocals. Mark McLeankeyboards. Allan Grahamguitar. Dennis Amosdrums (not in any pictureshe asked not to be photographed).

An Albatross: Edward B Giedavocals. Jay Hudakbass. Jeremy Gewertz drums. Kat Paffettsynth. Phillip Priceorgan. Jake Lisowskiguitar.

Babyland: Dan Gattovocals, electronics. Smithpercussion, noise.

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About the Author

Michael Wareham Dean is a musician, filmmaker, and author who lives in Los Angeles. A singer who plays guitar, bass, and keyboards, he has been in five bands including the influential San Francisco rock group , Bomb . Michael has put out 12 records, some on his own label, some on independent labels, and one on Warner Brothers. He does most of his own booking and has toured America six times and Europe twice. He's played alternative rock since before the term "alternative rock" existed.

He also directed and produced the critically acclaimed music and art documentary , D.I.Y. or DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist . It has distribution and has shown in many film festivals, and Michael personally took it on U.S. and European tours .

Michael wrote the book $30 Film School (Muska & Lipman) and the novel Starv ing in the Company of Beautiful Women (Kittyfeet Press). He is currently working on $30 Writing School .

He was one of the first adopters of sharing his own music over the Internet and is a relentless promoter of art, both his own and that of others.

Michael's work has been reviewed favorably in Spin Magazine , Maximum Rock 'n' Roll , The Face , New Music Express , Film Threat Magazine , and countless fanzines. He's been interviewed on National Public Radio and on the BBC and featured on the front page of the San Francisco Examiner . He has been invited to lecture at Cal Arts Valencia, San Francisco's Yerba Buena Museum, Houston's Leisure Learning Unlimited, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

He has been interviewed on television (NBC and cable) and on dozens of radio shows. His music has received extensive radio play on both college and commercial stations .

Michael says his goal is to "Create sweet-sinister beauty, produce jobs for my very creative friends , and make a plumber's wage at art."

Michael dresses like a 14-year-old skater, and has since he was 14. He doesn't care what you think. He's lived on dirt floors in abandoned buildings and worked in executive support positions in some of the largest corporations in the world.

Wanna interview Michael Dean? Contact him directly at .

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I made a documentary film called D.I.Y. or DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist . In the "Extras" section of the DVD, there is an interview with musician Steve Albini in which he gives advice to young hopefuls, telling them, "If you can learn the same lesson by horribly disfiguring yourself in a fire or watching somebody else be horribly disfigured, if you can understand someone else's mistake and not make it, you're ahead of the game."

I had a good time in my run as a professional musician, but at times I made asinine mistakes that amounted to me sticking various body parts into many different fires.

I've suffered for my art. You don't have to.

I've played over 700 gigs in 43 states and 9 countries . I play music because I love it. Somehow I also made some money at it.

I will teach you how to do all of this.

I'll also teach you what not to do. This is possibly more important than what to do. While little mistakes are part of the process, big mistakes can kill the process.

Making music is a full-time job that most people do on top of their full-time job. So, you really don't have time to screw around or screw up.

This is the book I wish I had when I was starting out.

Michael W. Dean

Los Angeles


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