Steven C. Barr writes:
>Then, one day they notice how small their cheques are,....
In most cases the real culprit is their own lawyer and manager who were being paid as much as a third right off the top of the largest advance they could negotiate. The largest possible advance almost always means there will be little back-end income.
The record companies generally get the blame but often as not the person who really made out like a bandit was the manager.
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