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A View from the Side: Stories and Perspectives on the Music Indust


A View from the SideA View from the Side is a unique look at the music business through the eyes of Local 802 (New York City) bassist Michael Visceglia. In this book he provides an insider’s look at the lives, aspirations, misadventures, phenomenal success, and tragic failure of some leading bass players. Visceglia has many years of experience playing professionally and has toured with Suzanne Vega and John Cale, and played bass for the Broadway show Kinky Boots. He includes revealing interviews with some of today’s top bassists, such as Lee Sklar of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and fellow Local 802 members Will Lee and Tony Levin.

A View from the Side: Stories and Perspectives on the Music Industryby Michael Visceglia, Wizdom Media,