Mark Workman, tour manager and lighting designer for such bands as Testament, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Machine Head, Queens of the Stone Age, Soulfly and Sepultura has written an excellent book about modern concert tour management, called ‘One For The Road –
How To Be A Music Tour Manager. I’ve just bought it and I can thoroughly recommend it if you wanting to learn how the concert touring industry works from the perspective of a tour manager.
What I really like about the book is that it reinforces my opinion on the fact that anyone can call themselves a concert/music tour manager and that you had really, really know what you are talking about if you do decide to venture out with a band on tour. There are too many laws, regulations, conventions and money at stake in concert tour management – if you don’t know what you are doing you are going to get yourself and your client in trouble, arrested and lose a lot of their money.
You can learn more about Mark and his book here