In â€œOne For The Roadâ€ veteran tour manager, Mark Workman, provides a step by step manual on anything and everything required to be a successful tour manager for any level of touring rock band.
From a small club tour to a full fledged World Tour nothing is left out here. Although itÊ¼s a bit of a dry read for the average rock fan, itÊ¼s 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. Public relations, venue security, hiring a bus company and driver, scheduling PR and interviews, backstage pass security (and even designing and printing the passes themselves), airfare, baggage fees… I canÊ¼t even list everything that the tour manager is responsible for, but Workman can. And he does. In painstaking detail everything is here. Sample schedules, easy to read spreadsheets and diagrams abound.
At one time in my life I thought that being a tour manager was my dream job. After reading this, I know for sure that it isnÊ¼t!
By the end of this book you should have a firm grasp if this is a position that you are cut out for. I imagine that most people reading this will come to my same conclusion. And maybe thatÊ¼s what Workman was going for here? To weed out the guys that canÊ¼t handle it before they even try? Although I honestly feel he penned it as a selfless act of service for the entire industry.
If you make having an anxiety attack, and you feel that a career as a Tour Manager is for you, then keep this book beside you at all times. I trust you wouldnÊ¼t want this gem very far from you at any point. ItÊ¼s like a graduate level course in the summer semester. YouÊ¼re going to learn a lot and learn it fast!
For current members of the road crew who think they are ready for more responsibility or a teenager in Idaho with a dream, this book is a must read. For the general rock fan not so much. But, I have a feeling it was designed for the former anyway.
One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager is the first and only book on music tour management. As the music business continues to go through many dramatic changes, music groups are quickly discovering that in order to build and sustain a successful career they must stay on the road and do as many shows possible each year. Because of this, skilled tour managers for music groups are now needed more than ever.
In One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager, author Mark Workman shows you how to become a tour manager for a music group in any genre of music; how to organize a music tour the right way; how to effectively complete one; and how to build your career as a music tour manager into a successful one. Written with an acerbic wit and brutal honesty, Mark Workman pulls no punches in telling you what itâ€™s really like to tour the world with a famous music group.
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One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager includes an insightful foreword written by Testament lead guitarist, Alex Skolnick.
Mark Workman has been a successful tour manager and lighting designer in the music business since 1983. His list of past and present clients includes Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Machine Head, Danzig, Mudvayne, Dio, Queens of the Stone Age, Devildriver, Soulfly, Sepultura 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 Headâ€™s Elegies DVD filmed at Brixton Academy in London, Megadethâ€™s Rust In Peace Live DVD shot at the Hollywood Palladium, and Testamentâ€™s Dark Roots of Thrash Live DVD shot at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.
Mark Workman is also a former boxing writer whose feature articles have appeared on BoxingScene and Fox Sports.
Mark Workman’s upcoming memoir, Hunger For Hell, will be released in 2014.
Make sure you read the interview with Mark Workman.