Rocky mate, the link I have included is my young cousins. The best times we had when he started it and probably the best money was to hire a hall put a band on and sell white labels from the boot of my car.
I was doing the Lisa Stansfield tour, Trev came to the end of tour party.A journalist (female) was chatting to us, she asked us what we were doing, we made up this story that we had a Hasidic Rap Band that was going to counter the Anti-semitic rap from bands like NWA. The article came out, the phone was hot, we had to work hard to put the band together, we got a deal with a major.
John Bonhams sister Cindy worked for us as a temp secretary, she was in my book as good as Bonnie Raitt, we could not get her a deal.
A well known music mag sent 50 blank CD's to A and R depts, 49 letters came back saying it was the wrong style of music for the time
I could go on and on.Its about luck and the blag unless you can find a pet A&R man who likes a bung!