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Tour:Smart: And Break the Band Paperback – September 1, 2007
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I'm in a bad that tours the country about twice a year, and has for the last few years, and I'd hoped this book would have some good advice. However, this book is aimed at bands who already play to a few hundred people a night, rather than for someone at my level. Also, it doesn't give you much advice on doing things without a big team behind you: for example, it tells you that you could book a tour without a booking agent, but doesn't give you much advice on how to actually do that.
I also felt like this book was aimed at men, and assumed that the audience it was speaking to was male (lots of sections seemed uneccesarily gendered) and HATED HATED HATED a lot of the sections about being a woman on tour. Ugh. The advice was things like "Don't pack too much makeup" and "Don't lose your keys." Srsly?
I've been booking tours and in touring bands for about 5 years now, and I felt like this was an interesting read for a peek into the life of a big band on tour, but was pretty irrelevant to a small band, and kind of insulting to female musicians.
... meet your holy grail.
This book is AWESOME! It is an extremely thorough overview of the gears that make up the live music and touring scene. Its not all polished up and proper - but thats what I love about it. The language and narration are real with sometimes crude or cleche phrases that are direct to the point but proficient in painting a picture.
Most of all, it is evident that the information provided is backed up by tried and true experience of a rainbow of contributors organized in a way THAT MAKES SENSE. I wish all industry books were written this way. All too often I pick up a book that some random guy wrote from his basement providing tunnel vision prospective with a 2+2=4 attitude.
Arithmetic is great and common logic is important but its the experience that lies between the text that reference books fail to capture. Not this one.
Perhaps you are trying to research a specific part of the industry such as a musician's prospective or a promoter and happened to stumble upon this. GET IT ANYWAY. To understand your gear's specific role, you have to understand the entire machine and there is probably some information in here to help you.
I am an Audio Engineer. Before that I was a performing musician. I have managed a technical team on the road and now I am researching perhaps opening a music venue. Although I could have just skimmed through this book to find the information that pertains to me, I find I am glued to every page with thoughts like, "huh, why didn't I think of that?"
You get my point. Buy it and pass it along.
have toured relentlessly for the last 6 years. They have been through
3 record label deals that would make even the strong bands quit and go
back to a 9 to 5. Their lives are written in Marty's pages-but Marty
gives hope. Follow the do's & don't's like those who give advise here.
If you think you can work around the proven methods of earning a living
as a touring musician you will surely learn the hard way and have plenty
of debt to prove it. There is a lot of info here and some great ideas to
keep you earning money. Thanks, Marty for your insight because you lived
it and the fine contributions from others in the industry. This is a manual to consistantly refer to as you journey through the adventurous
career of entertaining the fickle public.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just saw the video so far and a lot of just common sense stuff in there, but I picked up a little bit.Published 9 months ago by greg patnode
Great book that teaches a lot about real world touring in the big leagues. However it seems that this kindle edition is missing sections of text here and there which is very... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by A. Carballo
This book is truly great! Despite what some other reviews say, I feel that the advice, tips , and stories in this book are essential to a positive touring experience. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Benjamin Tampa
Lots to absorb from this book. Feels somewhat dated (references to MySpace, etc), but that's easy to overlook given the value of the advice offered. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Tark Main
This is a great book for musicians, learning what the road is like or learning how to do it better. His language is often worldly and graphic, not the Queen's language and polite... Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by William Simkiss
good book to have to understand the ends and out of way you need to know before booking a showPublished on May 25, 2013 by Darrin Walters