Diane Sward Rapaport

Diane Sward Rapaport is an author, publisher and book producer.


Diane Sward Rapaport has written three books:

Home Sweet Jerome, Death and Rebirth of Arizona’s Richest Copper City was published in 2014 by Johnson Books, a subsidiary of Big Earth Publishing.  This quirky, provocative history is about the people that overcame overwhelming odds to revive this fabled city after it was abandoned in the 1950s. Jerome became Arizona’s most famous ghost town and  a loveable hippie hideout. homesweetjerome.net.

Rapaport author photo

Photo by M.L. Lincoln

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.

A Music Business Primer, produced by Jerome Headlands Press and published by Pearson Education in 2001 sold 15,000 books and is out-of-print.


Adulterer’s Wife, How to Thrive Whether You Stay or Not, by C. J. Grace was kpublished in late spring of 2016 and is available in Kindle and print formats on Amazon. The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide was published as an e-book in 2010 and is still being sold through Vital Books Bookshelf.

Book Producer

The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide, A Presentation of the Beverly Hills Committee for the Arts, edited by Mark Halloran, co-published with Pearson Education.  A fifth revision will be produced in 2016 and published in 2017 by Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

Others produced and co-published by Pearson Education include:  How to Make and Sell our Own Recording and A Music Business PrimerThe Acoustic Musician’s Guide to Sound Reinforcement and Live Recording by Mike Sokol; and The Visual Artists Business and Legal Guide, A Presentation of the Beverly Hills Committee for the Arts, edited by Gregory Victoroff.

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).
  • 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 produces music business books and co-publishes them with Pearson Education, the largest textbook publisher in the world.
  • Teacher of Taoist tai chi and qigong health practices. She helped Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis, edit many of his books, including Dragon and Tiger Medical QigongSexual Meditation and Tai Chi: Health for Life.

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.