Tour:smart: And Break the Band

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Chicago Review Press, 2007 - Music - 564 pages

From packing the right equipment to keeping enough gas in the tank to get home, every aspect of making a successful tour with a band is addressed in this comprehensive guide. More than 100 luminaries and leading organizations from the world of touring--among them Chris Connelly, Henry Rollins, the House of Blues, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as club owners, tour managers, and even sex advisors--provide handy insider know-how along with insight on mistakes commonly made by novice bands. Chapters address the nitty-gritty of touring, with instructions on how to secure venues and publicity, how to stay healthy on the road, and how to keep the budget in the black. Loaded with hundreds of years' worth of collective hands-on experience from those steeped in the music business, this is a must-have resource for creating an unforgettable tour.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Why It Is Essential To Tour
1
Basic Concepts And Ideas
5
Saved By Geography
11
Broken Down
25
Chapter 5 Stories From The Front Line 1
43
Chapter 6 Good Advice From Baaad People
51
Chapter 7 Promoters And Venues In Their Own Words
61
Chapter 8 Contracts
73
Chapter 33 Soundscan Pollstar And Other Data
303
Chapter 34 Excel Basics
305
Chapter 35 Software Thats As Hard As Nails
309
Better Safer Sex On The Road
315
Highs And Lows
323
Drugs Part Ii
337
Chapter 39 Health Tips
341
Chapter 40 Being A Grrrl On The Road
351

Chapter 9 Riders
81
Diy Vs Agents
95
Revenue Streams
113
The Engine
123
Do It On Paper
141
An Inside Perspective
155
Chapter 15 Street Teams
167
Every Person Counts
175
Using The Web
177
Get Heard
185
Chapter 19 Record Stores
193
Chapter 20 Guest List
201
Creating Your Own Event
207
Chapter 22 Good Advice From Baaad People 2
213
Accessories And Attitude
225
Chapter 24 How To Get A Better Live Sound
229
Chapter 25 Crew And Production
235
Chapter 26 Scenery And Stage Decoration
247
Chapter 27 So You Want To Be A Tour Manager You Crazy F
253
Chapter 28 Stories From The Front Line 2
263
Chapter 29 Itineraries And Day Sheets
277
Getting Paid Is A Blood Sport
283
Rust Never Sleeps
289
What Do I Get?
297
Chapter 41 Personality Ego And Charisma
361
What Goes Up
367
Chapter 43 Murphys Law
369
Chapter 44 Touring As A Family Man
371
Chapter 45 What To Do When Your Gear Gets Stolen
375
Package Tours A Religious Experience
377
Chapter 47 Sponsorships And Endorsements
389
Chapter 48 Seminars And Festivals
393
Chapter 49 Touring Internationally
395
Chapter 50 China
413
Crossing The Line
419
Chapter 52 Memorabilia
425
Chapter 53 Tour Diaries
429
Chapter 54 How To Screen Print
445
Chapter 55 When You Are The Opening Band
449
61 Strategies For A More Successful Show
457
Chapter 57 Good Advice From Baaad People 3
467
An Outofband Experience
477
Chapter 59 Stories From The Front Line 3
495
Chapter 60 The Future Of Touring
515
Appendix Contents
519
Index
553
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About the author (2007)

Martin Atkins is the owner of the record label Invisible and has been organizing multiband tours since 1995. As a professional drummer he was a member of the bands Killing Joke, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface, and Public Image Ltd. He is a member of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association and a professor at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches the seminar "The Business of Touring." He lives in Chicago.

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