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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be entered into every Music and Travel curriculum as essential reading., 1 Mar 2014
This review is from: One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager (Paperback)
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.

Aside from being a Tour Manager’s bible, it is also very useful for anyone wanting to break into the music industry/already in the music industry. The book illustrates the roles of numerous industry heads such as promoters, booking agents, record industry execs etc., so it really is a great all round read that’s both informative and entertaining.
I feel that everyone can learn something from this book and I really wouldn’t be surprised if it made it on to the reading list of every music industry student and travel and tourism student, regardless of whether they are wanting to become a tour manager or not. It is a very eye-opening read. Fantastically informative and useful and at the same time it avoids becoming a dreary school textbook.

After reading just the first few pages of How To Be A Music Tour Manager online, I was inspired enough to purchase the book. After reading more of the book, I was inspired to move cities and apply for a relevant course that would get me the network of contacts and fresh scene to tackle and finally make a step into the music industry. I owe a lot to this book and to Mark.

I 100% recommend you purchase this book, especially as it’s so cheap. You couldn’t even buy a round for the cost!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book., 4 Mar 2013
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This review is from: One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager (Paperback)
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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