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The Musician's Guide to the Road: A Survival Handbook & All-Access Backstage Pass to Touring Paperback – October 30, 2007
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About the Author
Susan Voelz, a violinist and songwriter,
has performed with Poi Dog
Pondering, giant sand, and Alejandro
Escovedo, among many others. Her
solo recordings include 13 Ribs and
Summer Crashing. She lives in
Top customer reviews
Amusing quips find their way into almost every paragraph and the writer does an excellent job of really taking us inside life on the road. All of the experiences are there...the humorous, the painful, and the melancholy and all culminate into interesting stories within a book that is hard to put down. I read this on a plane from New York and surprised myself by laughing out loud...and often. Several other passengers asked me what I was reading and actually laughed with me when I read particular quotes to them.
This is my favorite part of the book that I just want to share...
"You can almost see trouble coming. There are two predictable problems on van tours. The first is being consistently late. When you arrive late, with your double latte and Egg McMuffin, everyone wishes they too had gone to get a double espresso drink and a bite to eat. But no, they came to the van on time and have had no coffee and no Egg McMuffin. You have made them wait. And they are empty-handed and hungry. They don't like you as much as they did last night. You have been inconsiderate this morning. You have been selfish. Suddenly they think you don't play as well as you did yesterday." -Susan Voelz
God as I am writing this I am laughing again and remembering how so many people on that plane enjoyed it too!
-K. Osmon (Chicago)