Want To Work On The Road? You Should Read These Books

I recommend you read some, or all of these books, if you are serious about starting a career as a concert touring tech, or other roadie-type job. Three of them are written by people who have, or do, tour for a living, and so they are relevant to what you are trying to achieve.

“One for The Road: How to Be a Tour Manager” by Mark Workman

Mark was a tour manager and touring lighting designer, working with Queens of the Stone Age, Machine Head (where I worked with him as monitor engineer), Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Danzig, Dio, and Motorhead, amongst others. Hs book is the only one I know specifically about concert tour management, and is vital reading if you want to move into that area. Mark’s Twitter is  @hungerforhell

“Backstage Pass: 10 Things to Consider When Becoming a Touring Music Tech” by Kenny Barnwell

Kenny is a guitar tech (amongst other things) who has written this brilliant guide to getting work as a concert touring technician. He also has a YouTube channel, where he shows you hints and tips gained from his tour tech life. Youtube.com/KennysGuitarTechTips. Twitter:@kennybarnwell

“This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring: A Practical Guide to Creating, Selling, Organizing, and Staging Concerts” by Wadell, Barnet & Berry

A great book, written by Billboard’s Ray Waddell, that explains how the whole concert business works, from bar tours to stadium level. I use this in my teaching, and recommend all my students read it. Twitter: @billboard

“Roadie, Inc – How To Gain And Keep a Career In The Live Music Business” by Andy Reynolds

My guide to getting roadie work. “Finally a book that can give an honest and realistic approach to working in the live entertainment industry.”- Steven Douglas, Show Designer and Lighting Director for The Killers, Watch The Throne Tour with Jay Z & Kanye West, Kylie Minogue and others. Twitter: @livemusicbiz

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