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188 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 In Sam We Trust F i n d i n g F o r t u n e s i n t h e M u s i c I n d u s t r y B Y M I C H A E L C H AT F I E L D I t's a standing joke that among many working musicians that the term "music business" is an oxymoron. History is rife with horror stories about composers and songwriters whose roy- alties for their work have been redirect- ed—in some cases stolen outright— into the pockets of greedy music indus- try executives. Fortunately, not all exec- utives are made of such larcenous stuff. One such individual is the appropriately named Sam Trust. Now retired (sort of) and living in Carmel with his wife Joan, Trust has gathered a collection of anecdotes from his life in a book entitled Would You Trust this Man with Your Songs? As he writes in his foreword to the book, this is more a collection of short stories than a narra- tive. But it makes for compelling reading for anyone interested in the back-room machinations of the music industry. Music executive Sam Trust has compiled a fascinating book of his experiences with the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Photo: Courtesy of the Sam Trust Collection

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