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production services for books about music...
and MUCH more

Just a few of the many ways Fourth and State helps preserve the stories of music: assisting a musician with a memoir; working with a publisher to edit a music-themed manuscript; assembling a tabletop art book about an iconic band; helping a legacy artist organize their personal archive; consulting and book packaging services for publishers, rights management companies, and musical artists.
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About
ABOUT
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Award-winning author, music historian, and three-time GRAMMY nominee Scott B. Bomar launched Fourth and State out of a love for music-themed books. Building on that foundation, he has pursued a range of projects guided by his mission to help preserve music's great stories. Whether co-writing a musician's memoir, editing a manuscript for a book publisher, producing a box set for a record label, consulting on a music documentary, or assisting a legacy artist in managing their archive of photographs and memorabilia, Fourth and State takes on each music-related project with passion and an eye for detail.  

Prior to launching Fourth and State, Scott spent seven years as the Senior Director of the book publishing department at the global music company BMG. He has worked on projects for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Museum, the National Recording Archive of the Library of Congress, Universal Music, Sony Music, Gibson Guitars, Penguin Random House, Omnibus Press, Backbeat Books, Ken Burns' Florentine Films, Bear Family Records, Omnivore Recordings, American Songwriter magazine, Leiber & Stoller Music, SiriusXM, and others.

Additionally, Scott has authored or co-authored more than a half-dozen books, including The Byrds: 1964-1967 (with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, and David Crosby), Johnny Cash at Folsom & San Quentin (with Marty Stuart), and memoirs with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers such as Motown songwriting legend Lamont Dozier, pioneering female rocker Wanda Jackson, and the surviving original members of The Zombies.

As an editor, Scott has worked with authors Barney Hoskyns, Colin Escott, Andy Neill, Chris Morris, and Tony Fletcher, and has edited for artists such as Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, William Bell, Dave Mason, Loretta Lynn, Eddie Floyd, Rodney Crowell, Janis Ian, Graham Nash, Patti LaBelle, Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Susanna Hoffs, Matthew Sweet, Carlos Santana, hip-hop legend Nas, and others. 

Scott has appeared as a moderator or presenter for music-themed presentations at the Grammy Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Belmont University, UCLA, Cal State Bakersfield, the International Country Music Conference, Americanafest, Strand Books (New York), Book Soup (LA), and Parnassus Books (Nashville), among others. His interview appearances to discuss music history include NPR’s Here and Now, Studio 360, WSM, WPLN (Nashville), WNYC (New York), SiriusXM, and more.

"Scott B. Bomar is one of my favorite writers, historians, and musical scholars, as well as one of the nicest guys in the world. His orbit is filled with the coolest people, books, and music. I am truly one of his biggest fans." 

MARTY STUART
Recording Artist, Collector
Country Music Hall of Fame

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What Does FOURth and State DO?

Writing & Editing

Whether it's Grammy-nominated album notes, an essay for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, an important press release, a co-written memoir, or ghostwriting services for a legacy artist who wants to tell their story, we specialize in the craft of writing about music and musicians. Additionally, we offer a full range of editorial services, including manuscript evaluation, structural editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading. We'll create a tailored plan for your specific project.

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BOOK PACKAGING

Working on behalf of established book publishers, rights management companies, or artists seeking to self-publish, Fourth and State handles all aspects of the book production process to deliver print-ready projects. We handle concept development, editorial oversight, cover art direction, layout/design, and assistance with the clearance of photos and other copyrighted material. For those who need it, we oversee the printing process, and can even assist with securing distribution services for the finished project.   

DELUXE TABLETOP BOOKS

While memoirs and music history books are a big part of what we do, we have a particular affinity for deluxe tabletop books. From gathering and licensing photographs to coming up with elaborate flourishes, we believe that art books should, themselves, be pieces of art. One of our specialties is putting together collector pieces and numbered limited editions signed by the author. 

CONSULTING

Recent years have seen an explosion in rights management companies investing in the assets of artists, musicians, and songwriters. Preserving and promoting the legacy of those clients is crucial, and books can be an important part of that mission. Whether you represent a rights management company, or are an artist seeking to realize your own vision, Fourth and State is available to consult on concept development, assist in finding the right partners for your needs, and even oversee the project from start to finish.   

REISSUES &

project management

In addition to managing book and archival preservation projects, Fourth and State can oversee a range of music-related projects. We specialize in box sets and reissue releases, but are also available to explore any outside-the-box projects that helps artists tell their stories. If you're an artist, manager, or entertainment company that needs someone to oversee a special project, reach out and we'll explore it together. 

archive assistance

The processes of book creation and archiving often intersect. Both require detailed organization, careful preservation efforts, and even practical but important tasks such as securing high quality scans of photos and documents. Not only does Fourth and State work with artists and their estates on book projects, we also assist with the organization and management of their archives. From lyrics, legal documents, and photographs, to instruments, recordings, and correspondence, we're here to help artists catalog and preserve every aspect of their legacy.     

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What Does Fourth and State Mean?

Back in the 1800s the term "fourth estate" gained popularity in Europe in reference to the press, and eventually media in general, as the fourth societal force (or "estate") alongside the nobility, clergy, and commoners. While music-related publications (aka media) are what we're all about, the similarly-sounding "Fourth and State" was an actual intersection on the border of Tennessee and Virginia in the city of Bristol. In the summer of 1927, Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine company in New York set up a makeshift field recording studio on the third floor of a hat company warehouse at that intersection. He made the first recordings of Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, and others that are now widely regarded as the sessions that gave birth to commercial country music. Since that time, Fourth Street has been renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. While Fourth and State founder Scott B. Bomar has been a Californian for a long time, he is originally from Tennessee, and his wife is from Virginia - the two states that meet at that intersection. Plus, in addition to music books, he loves hat companies, loves music history, and loves folks like MLK who push for societal change. He decided to name his company Fourth and State as a reminder to stay focused on what he loves! 

For a list of sample projects, click here.
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