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Roadie: A True Story (at least the parts I remember) Paperback – June 17, 2001
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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About the Author
Almost by accident Karl became a full time roadie in October of 1975. He worked with over 200 artists providing sound reinforcement and lighting design for rock stars and jazz greats, traveling to 45 states and 17 countries before retiring from the road in November of 1979.
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Whatever the case, I paid for the book and will read it through, of course. But I had to write this "shut your ego down to human level" essay before reading any further!
I think the big appeal is the "just like me"
factor. The common guy can relate to the stories of work as well as personal challenges. Initially one thinks, 'oh, man this guy gets women at the drop of a hat...his stories will be wild'. But glamorizing that can make folks feel kind of left out as if they really missed out on something. However, with Karl's true, down to earth adventures, and candid revelations, surely everyone can totally relate and compare similar circumstances to their own. You'll find out that the author is, well, "just like me!"
It takes a special writing flare to have that come across
as well as the author presents his stories.
An added bonus for those who attended concerts during the mid and late '70's, is that, chances are, Karl worked on a tour in which you probably attended one of the individual shows. I documented at least 4 myself. Thanks, Karl, for bringing back memories and providing an entertaining and informative glimpse at into an often misunderstood, yet beloved industry.
The book has lots of laughs, and is a must for fans of the music business, especially roadies-in-waiting. Karl reveals what really goes on behind the smoke and mirrors called show business. And reaffirms the fact that you can't do a show without good roadies!
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I found it to be very boring and talking to much about lighting and things we didn't need to...Read more
Many things are really fun and all of them is useful in life on the road. My suggestion is just get this book and enjoy it.