Diane Sward Rapaport is an author, editor and publisher. Her book Home Sweet Jerome, Death and Rebirth of Arizona’s Richest Copper City, was published by Johnson Books, (Big Earth Publishing) in April 2014. Reviews have been excellent.
Diane Sward Rapaport’s first book, How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording, published in 1979, revolutionized the music industry by providing information about recording and marketing indie (DIY) recordings. Over a period of 20 years, the book had five revisions and sold 250,000 copies. It is out of print.
Her third book, A Music Business Primer, explains the inner workings of the music business. It is out of print.
Highlights of Rapaport’s career include—
- The first woman to work as an artist’s manager in the music industry for Bill Graham’s Fillmore Management (1969-1974).
(You can read some of Drapaport’s blogs about her days at Fillmore West here.)
- Producer of the first five annual COYOTE Hooker’s Masquerade Balls in San Francisco, California (1974-1977), arguably the largest (and wildest) charity fundraiser at that time.
- Pioneer of music business education for musicians—publishing the first music business magazine (Music Works—A Manual for Musicians) and teaching some of the first music business workshops in the United States.
- Founder of Jerome Headlands Press, which produced five music business books and co-published them with Pearson Education, the largest textbook publisher in the world. Still in print is The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide: A Presentation of the Beverly Hill Bar Association Committee for the Arts, which has sold 110,000 copies.
- Founder of an advertising and public relations company in Jerome, AZ that specialized in working with companies that cleaned up contaminated soil and groundwater or designed environmental monitoring equipment. Among her clients Jerome Instrument Corporation (designed and manufactured mercury detection instruments(, Tracer Research Corporation (designed and manufactured leak detection equipment for aboveground fuel storage tanks), and The RETEC Group, a national remediation firm. She published over fifty articles on behalf of her clients in such publications as Chemical Engineering and Environmental Management.
- Producer of “Images of Jerome: A Centennial Retrospective: 1899-1999,” an art show which was sponsored by the Jerome Historical Society. Some one hundred art works depicted the culture of the community during three distinct periods: the mining era, ghost town years, and restoration period.
- Teacher of Taoist tai chi and qigong health practices.
- Editor of books on Taoist practices written by Taoist grandmaster Bruce Frantzis, such as Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong, Tai Chi Health for Life and Taoist Sexual Meditation (www.energyarts.com).
Rapaport graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in New London with a double major in English and History and earned a Masters Degree in Renaissance Literature from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She was an honorary Woodrow Wilson Scholar.
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