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Jam!: Amp Your Team, Rock Your Business

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Praise for JAM!

"Breaking into the music business is difficult at best; sustaining success even more so. Jeff Carlisi is both a musician and a businessman, and he and Dan Lipson have penned an entertaining and extremely useful book. Read JAM!, and you should be blowing your competition off the stage in no time." —Terry Stewart, president and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

"Jeff Carlisi's story is worth a book all by itself. But combine it with Dan Lipson's sound and practical business advice, and you've got a combination that's indispensable for any executive looking to make some noise of their own. Highly recommended."—Dave Sutton, founder and managing partner, TopRight Strategic Marketing, and coauthor, Enterprise Marketing Management

"We've all dreamed of standing on stage before a packed house of screaming fans. Jeff Carlisi has done it, and he and Dan Lipson have built a business dedicated to giving that experience to kids and executives alike. The two of them have crafted a business advice book unlike any other, one that will help you find your own spotlight."—Gary Byrd, president and CEO, Pratt Financial Services

"Bands that make great music do so with lots of practice, a keen sense of vision, creativity, and the ability within the group to listen and play parts. The same holds true in great organizations. Jeff and Dan understand this, and do a great job of communicating the magic that occurs when individuals within an organization tune up, tune in, and listen to each other playing their directed parts."—LARRY THOMAS, chairman emeritus, Guitar Center Inc.

"In the entertainment world, there's almost always a difference between the persona that you see and the real persona. Not with Jeff. He's the same guy on and off stage, and he's had his eyes wide open his whole career. He and Dan offer the kind of practical business advice that anyone can use. You'll learn a lot from Jeff's story."—John W. Mecom, Jr., former owner of the New Orleans Saints

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Born to Run
    1. 1.1. The Moment It All Clicked
    2. 1.2. The Best Band Names in the World
  4. 2. Dream On
    1. 2.1. Open Your Eyes
    2. 2.2. The Signature Sound
    3. 2.3. The Local Boys Make Good
  5. 3. Band on the Run
    1. 3.1. The Band Comes Together
    2. 3.2. Higher Stakes, Higher Expectations
    3. 3.3. The Band and the Brand
    4. 3.4. Going Mobile
  6. 4. Good Vibrations
    1. 4.1. The Battle of the Bands
    2. 4.2. Sizing Up the Competition
    3. 4.3. The Next Rung Up the Ladder
    4. 4.4. A Hand Up
    5. 4.5. Thrown in the Deep End
  7. 5. No Direction Home
    1. 5.1. Money (That's What i Want)
    2. 5.2. The Greatest Loss
    3. 5.3. Back Down to the Ground
  8. 6. Satisfaction
    1. 6.1. The Proverbial Switching of Gears
    2. 6.2. We Need a Hit
    3. 6.3. Bringing in New Blood
    4. 6.4. There's Always a Faster Gun
  9. 7. Welcome to the Jungle
    1. 7.1. The Sudden New Direction
    2. 7.2. Negotiating the Buy-In
  10. 8. Just What I Needed
    1. 8.1. Welcoming a New Collaborator
    2. 8.2. Rocking Well with Others
  11. 9. A Change is Gonna Come
    1. 9.1. When Love Meets Money
    2. 9.2. All Band Members Are Not Created Equal
    3. 9.3. The Green-Eyed Monster
  12. 10. So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
    1. 10.1. The Moment the Lights Go Out
    2. 10.2. Surviving a Life in Rock 'n' Roll
  13. 11. New Kid in Town
    1. 11.1. One More Shot at the Brass Ring
    2. 11.2. Trying to Make It Work
  14. 12. It's the End of the World as We Know It
    1. 12.1. The Stage Dive
    2. 12.2. Shoe Fly
    3. 12.3. Up, Up, and Away
    4. 12.4. This Way Out
    5. 12.5. The Worst of Them All
  15. 13. Should I Stay or Should I Go?
    1. 13.1. Bad Signs All Around
    2. 13.2. Calling It a Day
  16. 14. No Particular Place to Go
  17. 15. Second Chance
    1. 15.1. Kids These Days
    2. 15.2. From Band to Boardroom
      1. 15.2.1. How to Communicate Like a Rock Star
  18. Encore: A Camp Jam Crash Course
    1. 15.3. Growing into Your Role
    2. 15.4. From the Mouths (and Guitars) of Babes
    3. 15.5. Listen to a New Song Every Day
    4. 15.6. The 5 Rs of Rock and Business
      1. 15.6.1. Realize
      2. 15.6.2. Rehearse
      3. 15.6.3. Record
      4. 15.6.4. Recap
      5. 15.6.5. Rock!
  19. The Authors