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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Road Crew Books (21 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615726119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615726113
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Machine Head, Dio, Danzig, Motorhead, 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, Megadeth’s Rust In Peace Live DVD shot at the Hollywood Palladium, Testament’s Dark Roots of Thrash Live DVD shot at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY, and Anthrax’s Live DVD, Chile On Hell, shot in Santiago, Chile. “Workman has provided priceless insight with his book which should be studied top-to-bottom by anyone looking to make their living in the business.” Blabbermouth.net Chuck Billy, Testament "A witty and inspiring power punch." 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 would not be surprising to see Berklee School of Music or The Musicians Institute making this book, or eventually the series, part of their curriculum...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."

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This book is absolutely essential for any budding Music Tour Managers. It covers every aspect of the job in a very clear and easy to understand way, including how to prepare a tour budget, how to hire the best crew, work permits and visas, rentals, travel logistics, handy software to use, laws, and so on: a fantastic encyclopaedia on everything Tour Manager. And all explanations are accompanied with examples and diagrams from a made up band, Skinny Girl Riot, which he has created for the purpose of demonstration.

The book runs in a logical order making it accessible to all. Firstly, Mark introduces himself. He then moves into explaining point by point, step by step, how to organise a music tour. He couldn’t be more helpful if he took you personally on a tour and held your hand! As well as explaining how to organise a tour, he also explains pitfalls to watch out for and uses humorous examples from his career as examples, which is really what sets this book apart from anything similar. Moving on, he takes you through advancing the tour and actually being on the road before finishing with some personal advice on what to do next now that you have all of this information at your fingertips.

There is so much information available in this book that is applicable to every day life, for example information regarding working visas, foreign currencies, and how to find the best hotel deals, that it is an absolute steal for any body wanting to learn more on the logistics of travel whether that be for a tour of any kind or solo travelling.

He also gives advice on some reputable companies to work with in Europe and America; companies for things such as coach hire, air travel, back drops, guestlist passes etc.
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By Peter H on 4 Mar. 2013
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I got this book within 2 days so fast delivery. A very big book actually as i thought it was standard small size book. good for people who wear glasses. A useful book to help your band with doing a stage plot and keeping paperwork together for your band. My band sometimes put on our own gigs and little mini pub festivals so this book goes over things you can over look and forget to do. A stage plot is so important to know the lineup of a band and what a band needs on stage If your hosting your own gig and working with support bands this book helps with planning stuff. so if your band is planning a tour or just doing local gigs this book is a gem to have and a must for your bookshelf with other music books. Also a good interesting read of the experiences of the author.
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Insightful, funny and a must have for anyone interested in the Touring industry 6 Jan. 2013
By Nico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book really does cover everything you need to know and the straight up and accessible manner in which it’s written actually makes for really enjoyable learning. Unlike most ‘text books’ that send you to sleep this one in chock full of funny anecdotes and lessons learned that keep you turning the pages. One can only imagine how many more stories Mr Workman has!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Part Music Tour Management Primer, Part Bildungsroman: Informative & Inspiring with Foreword by Guitar Virtuoso Alex Skolnick 9 Jan. 2013
By BirchFairy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As a former music industry worker and longtime devotee to heavy music, "One For The Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager," by Mark Workman, resonated deeply with me. In this book, Workman, a highly successful lighting designer and music tour manager for legendary Thrash Metal bands like Testament, Slayer, Megadeth, and Exodus, shares his wisdom as a music industry professional, educator, and storyteller. His writing is shrewd, gritty, ingenuous, and insightful. Without doubt, these qualities, in part, have fueled a remarkable and enduring career in an industry where few have staying power, let alone eminent status. This wonderful book is recommended for anyone interested in the business of music tour management, concert production, and the siren call of Heavy Metal music and life on the road.
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A Great Read For Fans Of Metal Music 16 Jan. 2013
By TwpGuy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well written, informative and very entertaining. I have been a fan of Metal Music since a friend made me a Metallica compilation tape in 1989 and have been hooked ever since.

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!!
The touring bible. 16 Feb. 2014
By Diana D. Schweifler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a must read book for anyone that aspires to be a tour manager or work as a crew member on a professional tour. The information is useful not only for touring musicians but for any entertainment tour, whether it's a professional sports tour or a fashion show. Additionally, this is very useful for anybody that works as a promoter, venue operator or provide support in the entertainment industry. If you are simply a fan of live music, this is a great behind the scene look at the life of a touring professional.
This is not a how-to book for dummies, it's a how to succeed book for professionals.
A nice book that could use a revised version (v2.0) 21 Mar. 2014
By Kalle Kirjalainen - Published on Amazon.com
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A rather nice book that will give some insight to what it is like to work as a tour manager. The writing could use some polishing, now there were many things that were repeated (with exactly the same words) in different parts of the books. Maybe some more real life examples could've made it a more interested read.
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