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One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager Paperback – November 21, 2012
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Pittsburgh Music Magazine
"Mark Workman lays out such a comprehensive strategy to becoming a working tour manager that if one has the will, Workman provides the way. Add to that Workman's writing style that is very smooth, humorous at times, and easy to understand, and you have one hell of a how to guide...it's that good. If you want to get into the music business, are in the music business already, or are like me, and just fascinated with the music business, you will find this to be a treasured find."
Chuck Billy, Testament
"A witty and inspiring power punch."
"What makes this book valuable is that Workman has limited his war stories in favor of practical advice, things that an aspiring tour manager needs to know. The advice in his book is universal. It applies to Shania Twain, to Justin Bieber to Slayer. If you are a musician, you should read the book just to know what your tour manager is doing and what he or she has to put up with."
Soundcrave Magazine 10/27/2013
"This is a must read for anyone considering getting into the tour managing business. But in my opinion this book is a "must read" for anyone who already is in the business. It is a step by step guide on how to be successful in the world of road management and touring. If there is ever a class on tour management I hope Mark Workman is the professor."
National Rock Review 11/18/2013
Itʼs a virtual treasure trove of information for current or aspiring road crew members. I cannot fathom a single nugget of information that was left out of this book. Itʼs like a graduate level course in the summer semester. Youʼre going to learn a lot and learn it fast!
About the Author
"Workman provides a witty and entertaining read." Revolver Magazine
Mark Workman has been a successful lighting designer and tour manager in the music business since 1983. His list of past and present clients includes Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Motorhead, Machine Head, Danzig, Devildriver, Mudvayne, Dio, Queens of the Stone Age, Soulfly, Sepultura, Keel, Steeler and many others.
As a lighting designer, Mark Workman has designed high-impact lighting performances for many music tours, including the infamous Clash of the Titans (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Alice In Chains, & Suicidal Tendencies) in 1990/1991 and American Carnage 2010 (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax & Testament), as well as for many music videos and live DVDs such as Machine Head's Elegies DVD filmed at Brixton Academy in London and Megadeth's Rust In Peace Live DVD shot at the Hollywood Palladium.
Mark Workman is a former boxing writer whose feature articles have appeared on BoxingScene.com and FoxSports.com.
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While I personally have no desire to be a road manager, I was drawn to this book as a music fan because of my curiosity about how a tour works and was interested in the raw, gritty, honest insider's view that the author's 30+ years of experience provides. Mr. Workman delivered!! He details every conceivable aspect of a tour and delivers the message in terms totally understandable to an outsider like me.
I now have a complete understanding of how much goes in to preparing for a tour, how a tour runs and just how critical the role of a tour manager is. The anecdotes Mr. Workman provides had me laughing out loud, but ultimately the lesson is clear in each one.
I highly recommend this book to any music fan who is simply interested in life on the road. I have not been able to find anything other book that details a side of the music business that one rarely has an opportunity to see.
More importantly, if you interested in a career on the road, this book should be required reading!!