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Access All Areas: A Backstage Pass Through 50 Years of Music and Culture tells the story of how a music-loving, budding journalist from a Chicago suburb became the defining music publicist of her generation. With an exclusive foreword from Elvis Costello, Barbara Charone’s debut memoir is a time capsule of the last fifty years, told through the lens of music, from the incredible woman who set the cultural agenda in her work with a myriad of stars including Keith Richards, Foo Fighters, REM, Rod Stewart and Madonna. 

Lee Brackstone, Publisher at White Rabbit, has acquired World rights from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown for Access All Areas: A Backstage Pass Through 50 Years of Music and Culture by Barbara Charone to be published on 23rd June 2022. 

First as a journalist and then a publicist at Warner Brothers Records for nearly twenty years, Barbara Charone has experienced, first-hand, the changes in the cultural landscape. Access All Areas is a personal, insightful and humorous memoir packed with stories of being on the cultural frontline, from first writing press releases on a typewriter driven by TippEx, then as a press officer for heavy metal bands taking the bus up to Donington Festival with coffee, croissants and the much more popular sulfate. To taking on Madonna, an unknown girl from Detroit, and telling Smash Hits 'you don't have to run the piece if the single doesn't chart', and becoming a true pioneer in music, Charone continues to work with the biggest names in music, including Depeche Mode, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters and Mark Ronson at her agency MBCPR.

Barbara Charone said: “I’d often thought of writing this book especially after a few glasses of wine with friends but somehow never got round to it. By chance, Bobby Gillespie happened to read one of my old articles about the Stones during lockdown,and suggested I speak to Lee Brackstone. I can’t think of a better home for this than White Rabbit.”

Lee Brackstone said: “Whether you know it or not, Barbara Charone’s uncanny taste and understanding of the pop culture zeitgeist has been the invisible compass driving your gig-going and music-buying habits for the past forty years. A maverick PR with the magic touch, her magnificent memoir tells the story of a music-obsessed girl from Chicago who falls in love with British counter-culture, destined to re-shape it for multiple generations.”

Born in Chicago, Barbara moved to London after graduating from Northwestern University. The first half of her career was spent as a music journalist working for NMESoundsRolling StoneCrawdaddy and Cream before writing the authorised biography Keith Richards: Life As A Rolling Stone in 1979. 

In November 2000, after almost 20 years at Warner Brothers, Barbara co-founded leading independent music agency MBCPR with Moira Bellas where she still works now. Within six months it became one of the country’s top music PR firms. The current client roster includes: Madonna, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Kasabian, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Texas, Rag’n’Bone Man, St Vincent, Pearl Jam, Olly Murs, Ray Davies  and Rufus Wainwright. 

Barbara Charone is one of the most respected women working in the music business. In November 2001, Charone and her business partner, Moira Bellas, were honoured as Women of the Year by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and The Brit Trust. Then, in both 2006 and 2009, Barbara won the coveted Music Week Press Award. 

Access All Areas: A Backstage Pass Through 50 Years of Music and Culture will be published by White Rabbit on 23rd June 2022 in hardback, ebook and audio. 

16 May 2022 | Press release

Miriam Yeung joins Warner Music China

Warner Music China announced today that Miriam Yeung, one of Greater China’s biggest stars, has joined its roster. Miriam has an impressive music career spanning nearly three decades. She is one of the region’s most recognised and accomplished recording artist, having...more

16 May 2022 | Press release

Over 100 UK festivals commit to tackling sexual violence

Boomtown Fair, Boardmasters, Reading & Leeds, Bluedot, Parklife  and Shambala among signatories of AIF's Safer Spaces Campaign  Includes updated Charter of Best Practice, plus new awareness and education campaign  Find out more: https://aiforg.com/initiatives/safer-spaces    103 UK festivals have committed to The Association of Independent Festivals'...more

16 May 2022 | Press release

Apple Music announces ‘Fire In The Booth Germany’

THE NEW SERIES WILL LAUNCH ON APPLE MUSIC ON MONDAY MAY 16TH BRAND NEW EPISODES, FILMED IN BERLIN AND HOSTED BY DJ MAXXX, CONTINUE CHARLIE SLOTH’S FIRE IN THE BOOTH GLOBAL EXPANSION WATCH THE SERIES TRAILER HERE THE FIRST EPISODE WILL FEATURE GERMAN RAP STAR SUMMER...more

15 May 2022 | Press release

Beatport Launches “Beatport Sounds” Offering Signature Sound Packs and Exclusive Samples from the World’s Leading Producers

Beatport, the global leader of music for DJs, producers, and their fans, announced today the launch of the Beatport Sounds imprint - a return to offering audio content from inspiring producers for producers, with all content exclusive to Loopcloud.  With the...more

15 May 2022 | Press release

Abbey Road Studios announce the winners from this year's inaugural Music Photography Awards

THE AWARDS CELEBRATE THE UNFORGETTABLE, UNIQUE AND UNSUNG MUSIC IMAGES OF 2021   LINK TO WINNING IMAGES    Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording studio has tonight confirmed the winners from its inaugural Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards 2022 in association...more

13 May 2022 | Press release

Mom+Pop Music and Exceleration Music agree to strategic financial alliance

Label continues to expand scope of operations and artist signings Leading independent record label mom+pop music and Exceleration Music, the venture led by industry leaders for investing in the future of independent labels and artists, have agreed to a strategic financial alliance. This provides mom+pop...more

13 May 2022 | Press release

One Media IP puts in first bid for Pink Floyd catalogue

  One Media iP Group has made a formal offer for a stake in Pink Floyd's back catalogue, which was announced for sale this week. The AIM-listed UK digital music publisher and content acquirer has offered £3.5m for a 1% stake in the legendary catalogue. If...more

12 May 2022 | Press release

MMF publishes ambitious three-step $ong Royalties Manifesto

MMF publishes ambitious three-step $ong Royalties Manifesto to overhaul how songwriters and composers are paid when their work is streamed #glassboxnotblackbox  Writers should receive payment with two months of their compositions being played New commitments needed to capture and standardise song data,...more

11 May 2022 | Press release

Reservoir continues to execute against emerging markets growth strategy

Company Announces Deals with Arab Superstar Mohamed Ramadan and Egyptian Label 100COPIES, in Conjunction with PopArabia Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR), an award-winning independent music company, in conjunction with PopArabia, the leading music publisher and independent music company in the Middle...more

11 May 2022 | Press release

Ashley Gorley Signs Global Deal with Sony Music Publishing and Domain Capital Group

Worldwide agreement covers renowned songwriter’s entire catalog and future works Sony Music Publishing today announced it has signed a global deal with award-winning songwriter Ashley Gorley, in partnership with Domain Capital Group. The agreement encompasses Gorley’s complete catalog of songs, as...more

11 May 2022 | Press release

Distiller Music Group Announces Publishing Agreement with Downtown Music Services

Claire Bianchi Joins Distiller Publishing as Head of A&R  Major European Hit ‘In The Dark’ Provides Great Start to New Relationship   London based independent music company Distiller Music Group has announced a new agreement for its music publishing division with Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution,...more

11 May 2022 | Press release

ABBA Voyage and Wallenius form sustainable partnership

The Swedish shipping company Wallenius, developer of the Oceanbird concept for wind powered vessels, has been confirmed as the official partner for ABBA Voyage. At the revolutionary new concert opening in London on 27th May, ABBA will perform as digital avatars. “It is extremely pleasing to...more

10 May 2022 | Press release

Downtown’s found.ee launches landmark premium video advertising tool

- One-of-a-kind tool will ‘revolutionize the ad-buying landscape’ says founder, Jason Hobbs - Clients currently using the new video tool include Aloe Blacc, Brooklyn Bowl, Sylvan Esso and Andrew Bird- Artists and clients across all of Downtown’s divisions – including...more

10 May 2022 | Press release

Epidemic Sound Launches AI Audio-Based Search Tool on Google Cloud

Epidemic Audio Reference (EAR) tool developed on Google Cloud will simplify and supercharge music discovery for content creators worldwide Latest update to strategic partnership, aimed to support the company's rapid growth   Epidemic Sound, the market-leading service for direct licensing of royalty-free music, today announced...more

10 May 2022 | Press release

Stef Teng has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Asia, at Warner Music Group (WMG)

Stef Teng has been appointed to the newly created role of  Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Asia, at Warner Music Group (WMG). She will be based in Hong Kong and report to Dr Maurice Stinnett, WMG’s Global Head...more

10 May 2022 | Press release

Hipgnosis response to Queen’s Speech announcement of draft Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill

Merck Mercuriadis, Chief Executive and Founder of Hipgnosis Song Management, said: “Today’s announcement in the Queen’s Speech to bring forward the legal framework for the statutory Digital Markets Unit is a huge opportunity to redress the current imbalance in the...more

10 May 2022 | Press release

KINGSHIP, NFT Supergroup signed to 10:22PM, to Offer Virtual Key Cards that Unlock Virtual World, Experiences, Products and Music

The Collection of 10,000 Access-Enabled Key Cards Available to Mint on Saturday, May 14   KINGSHIP, the supergroup signed to 10:22PM, will release a collection of 10,000 access-enabled Key Cards in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that will allow collectors to...more

10 May 2022 | Press release

Concord Music Publishing signs global superstar Davido

Announces Joint Partnership with Immensum Music, Expands West African Market     Today, Concord Music Publishing announced the signing of billion streamed Afrobeats icon Davido. The award-winning American-born Nigerian global superstar joined the roster through a new creative partnership with Koch Okoye and Saheed Okunnu’s Immensum Music. This new...more

10 May 2022 | Press release

NTIA Comment on the Queens Speech

Mike Kill NTIA CEO says:"Today’s Queen’s Speech had important aspects but is still a missed opportunity as far as the Night Time Economy is concerned. We welcome the announcement of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill which the Government hopes...more

09 May 2022 | Press release

Warner Chappell Music sign singer-songwriter and film composer Daniel Blumberg

Blumberg Is Nominated For Best Original Film Score At This Year’s Ivor Novellos   Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a worldwide publishing deal with singer, songwriter, film composer and visual artist Daniel Blumberg.  Blumberg’s first...more

09 May 2022 | Press release

Music fans care more about climate change and want the music industry to do more on the issue

‘Turn Up The Volume’ survey from Music Declares Emergency and the University of Glasgow with lead partner the BPI, and partners Beggars Group, Secretly Group, Involved Group and Key Production reports findings   Music fans are most likely to care about climate...more

09 May 2022 | Press release

Laura Lukanz to join Amazon Music as Head of Music Industry, UK, Australia & New Zealand

  Amazon Music today announce that Laura Lukanz will join the company as Head of Music Industry, UK, Australia & New Zealand on 30th May. In her new role, Lukanz will be responsible for leading the UK, Australia & New Zealand...more

09 May 2022 | Press release

Three Six Zero Announces Partnership With Craig Dorfman’s Frontline Entertainment

Three Six Zero have announced a new partnership with Frontline Entertainment.  The New York based talent company, headed up by Craig Dorfman, will join Three Six Zero’s growing international management and entertainment company with Dorfman bringing his clients and management team...more

08 May 2022 | Press release

PPL, PRS for Music and PRS Foundation bring OnTrack to The Great Escape

- OnTrack networking and educational hub will feature panels and in-conversations with some of the brightest PRS Foundation supported UK talent - In-conversation with PPL Momentum Music Fund supported Yard Act hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq - Exclusive live performance...more

06 May 2022 | Press release

Abbey Road Studios announce the shortlist for this year’s inaugural Music Photography Awards

THE AWARDS WILL CELEBRATE THE UNFORGETTABLE, UNIQUE AND UNSUNG MUSIC IMAGES OF 2021 AWARDS CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON 14TH MAY AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS   Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording studio has today announced the shortlist nominations for the inaugural Abbey...more

06 May 2022 | Press release

Paul Bonham promoted by MMF to the role of Professional Development Director and Anneliese Harmon announced as GM

  The Music Managers Forum (MMF) has today announced a number of team changes to better serve the professional development of its expanded community of over 1,200 UK-based music managers, by the promotion of Paul Bonham to the role of Professional...more

06 May 2022 | Press release

Knucks named as YouTube Music’s next Artist On The Rise

‘Die Hard’, his new collab with Stormzy, is out now - watch the video here Track features on his newly released project ‘Alpha Place’ - listen here   Today YouTube Music names Knucks as the next talent in their Artist On The Rise series, which...more

05 May 2022 | Press release

Reservoir expands relationship with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Dan the Automator via new publishing deal

  Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a worldwide publishing deal with Dan Nakamura, professionally known as Dan the Automator, a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter.The new deal includes Nakamura’s catalog and...more

05 May 2022 | Press release

UTA Music: Hear This

UTA has announced a new curated live series, Hear This, launching at The Grace in London on Tuesday 10th May 2022.  The inaugural event showcases women in R&B and Soul, and features the talented Claudia Valentina, Menlia and Tolü Makay. With...more

04 May 2022 | Press release

Universal Music Group signs Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy to the global Def Jam artist family

Universal Music Group (UMG) label divisions Def Jam Recordings, 0207 Def Jam and Def Jam Africa are thrilled to announce the global signing of Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and beloved reggae musician and pioneer, Stonebwoy to the global Def Jam artist...more

16 May 2022

  • UK success at Eurovision 2022 (see Features, Showbiz, Live)

  • What does the #CryptoCrash mean for web3 and music? (see Comment)

  • Managers report delay in visas for performers wanting to enter UK (see News)

13 May 2022

  • BMG and Warner Music bidding to buy Pink Floyd’s catalogue (see Deals)

  • MMF: "What is currently an opaque black box of song royalties, needs to be transformed into a glass box" (see Opinion)

12 May 2022

  • MMF publishes Song Royalties Manifesto (see News)

  • Girl bands made British pop great – so where have all the good ones gone? (see Features)

11 May 2022

  • More on myth that 60,000 songs are uploaded to Spotify daily (see Analysis)

10 May 2022

  • Travel limits on international music tours to be eased (see News)

09 May 2022

  • Music industry earnings 2021: Riding the wave (see Analysis)

06 May 2022

  • Copyright Royalty Board asked to approve 32% increase on mechanical royalties (see International)

  • Streaming is not the future of the music economy (see Opinion)

05 May 2022

  • Research confirms the majors benefit most from Spotify's curated playlists (see Analysis)

  • Report: Women in Music 2022 (see Analysis)

04 May 2022

  • Why did #MeToo bypass the music industry? (see Opinion)

  • SoundCloud acquires Musiio (see Digital)

  • How TikTok’s evolution can help artists grow (see Analysis)

03 May 2022

  • Black women are finding their voice against abuse in the music industry (see Comment)

  • Spotify shares now selling at less than the IPO price four years ago (see Analysis)