Diane Sward Rapaport—Bio

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.

Author Diane Sward Rapaport

Diane Sward Rapaport. Photo by ML Lincoln

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.

    Poster for Jerome Instrument Corporation

    Poster designed by Ad Works’ partners Diane Sward Rapaport and Gary Romig for Jerome Instrument Corporation. Illustration by Pam Fullerton.

  • 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.

    William D. White painting Jerome Arizona

    This painting was the poster cover for Images of Jerome exhibition in 1999 sponsored by the Jerome Historical Society. The painting was part of a series commissioned by Phelps Dodge Corporation in the mid-1930’s depicting copper miners. The painting is displayed in the Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum. Photo Courtesy Jerome Historical Society.

  • 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 QigongTai Chi Health for Life and Taoist Sexual Meditation (www.energyarts.com).

    Diane Sward Rapaport—qigong

    Diane Sward Rapaport practicing qigong near Jerome, Arizona. Photo by ML Lincoln

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.





Order Personal Copies:
Shop at local stores—helps the community economy.If you would like a personally autographed copy, send $20 to Diane Sward Rapaport, PO Box 398, Hines OR 97738. The book will be mailed via media mail. If you want to receive it by priority mail, send $25.00. Price includes book, shipping/handling/postage. Sorry, no credit cards. Helps the personal economy.Or buy from Amazon.comOrder Commercial Copies:

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Diane Sward Rapaport—Bio — 9 Comments

  1. Diane: Wondering if you know what happened to the audio recordings made during the final week of the Fillmore West? There’s the 3 LP set that sounds great, but what happened to all the rest of the songs that didn’t make the LPs? Wolfgang’s Vault has them all available as downloads, but they uniformly sound awful. After many emails, the Vault admitted the songs were taken from two track reel to reel Board mixes and they did little to no mastering.

    Also, I recently read that all the outtakes of film from the movie production were tossed out, after an associate producer who was storing it all couldn’t find anyone to store it, or do anything with the additional footage that could have been made into a ‘volume 2’ of the original theatrical film. Maybe the audio recordings were tossed at the same time? Maybe Fred Catero knows? Much thanks in advance.

    • Dear Brad:
      Interesting question. I do not know. I would query Rich McKean, the house mixer, and he was eventually sued by Bill Graham because Graham wanted the tapes and got them. They are probably the only ones that existed and these are the ones that probably exist in W. Vault. But I’d also query Fred Catero. He drydocked a lot of tape. And I agree, MP3 downloads sound terrible. Hope this helps. Thanks for reading.

  2. Thanks Diane. A quick web search on McKean didn’t come up with anything and Catero doesn’t have his own website. Any way you could see if they were interested in answering my question? The music from that last week is a bit of a holy grail for me! If not, thanks for getting back to me.
    (I’m also a vinyl LP blogger and plan to review Fillmore:The Last Days in the future…which is my favorite live recording. I’m at Bradshirakawa2.wordpress.com)

    I found your blog an illuminating and interesting insiders look at working at BGP, always a fascination subject. Take care.

  3. My wife and I with friends visited Jerome in March 2013. Wish I’d have known of your blog site before our (too short) visit. Eager to read your book.

  4. Two ways. 1) I’m working on a story set in MN w/background in resurgence of debate over copper mining in the Iron Range. Understand byproduct of copper mining is acid degradation of soil, air, and water, but company now says it has technology to mitigate effects, but would require a 200- to 500-year reclamation process. Tribes and environmentalist are opposed. Unions want jobs. Company wants copper, with big market in China. DNR will decide. 2) So, from our visit in Jerome last March, learned a bit about aftermath of mining there, and (wanting verisimilitude) googled “copper mining in Jerome AZ.” Search took me to your piece on blue water. From there I read your blog, which I found very interesting, informative. Let me know when book hits the shelves. PS My grandfather, Finnish immigrant, was a copper miner in MI UP and part of the strike of 1913, recently documented on PBS in Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913.

  5. Interesting. Is this your first book, story? Jerome is one big mining aftermath.. .Butte, Montana is an environmental disaster.

  6. Hi Diane I don’t know if you will remember me from back in 1978 I had you come and speak at the Redwood Empire Songwriter Association (RESA). You gave me other names to get as speakers such as John Braheny and Bob Olhsson. They were very helpful. I became friends with John. I was said to hear of his passing last year. And Bob was helpful to connect me with Dion on one of my songs (nothing ever happened but it was a close call. I’m glad to see you are still busy.

    • Oh my, how time sometimes catches up with you. Sounds like songwriting has made a life adventure for you. Thanks for writing.