Tour - Smart: And Break the Band

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An inveterate self-promoter, Martin Atkins is, as usual, talking a mile a minute. But it's hard to resist being charmed by his rapid-fire banter, because as always, he has plenty of impressive accomplishments to tout."  —Chicago Sun Times

"Tour:Smart functions as an uncensored companion text to [Martin Atkins'] classroom teachings."  —Chicago Tribune

"In my six years of college, Martin Atkins was the man to clarify all the other instructors' psychobabble! He prepped me for the industry in a single semester."  —Michelle Cho, PETA

"This is not advice. This is the Holy Grail."  —Kraze

"If you are a music business major at university, this should be on your syllabus.  —Blogcritics Magazine

"Atkins embodies the entrepreneurial spirit with a unique merger of creativity and business sense"—Dr. David Herrera, Belmont University

"Having been a part of seminal bands like Pigface, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Killing Joke, and Public Image Limited, when Atkins talked about the business of music, people listen."  —Richi Corelli,

"The ultimate touring manual. . . . Tackles every conceivable aspect of getting the show on the road in a highly readable style."  —Mojo

Goldmine Magazine
To put it simply, if you are in a band, or a musician of any sort, you need this book.
Mojo Magazine
The ultimate touring manual. . . . Tackles every conceivable aspect of getting the show on the road in a highly readable style.
BlogCritics Magazine
If you are a music business major at university, this should be on your syllabus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979731303
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 682,998
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2015

    Thousands - Chapter 1: Blank Grade

    &#nbsp; &#nbsp "Silver Carice."<br>&#nbsp; &#nbsp "She's the one coming next?"<br>&#nbsp; &#nbsp "She's on her way up right now."<br>&#nbsp; &#nbsp "I'd better go prepare the orientation film."<p>1 DAY EARLIER<p>"Silver Carice."<p>Silver closed her notebook and placed it on her desk, then stood up and walked over to her Algebra teacher's desk.<p>Mr. Dirani was watching her in a way that Silver found unsettling. _Oh, no,_ thought Silver. _This can't be good._<p>Speaking in a low voice, Mr. Dirani asked, "Are you aware of what grade you recieved on your most recent test?"<p>Silver shook her head.<p>"An F."<p>"_WHAT?_" she shrieked louder than she should have, recieving several glares from her classmates. In a lower voice, she said, "But that's not even possible!"<p>Mr. Dirani held up an answerless test with an X on every number–_and her name on it._<p>"But I know the answers to these! You saw me turn in a complete test!"<p>Her teacher nodded. "I also know that you have never solved a problem wrong in this class. If this were a test with answers on it, I would not do this, but I know that you completed this test and the one I hold is blank. I will let you retake this test and give you full credit if you sit down and answer these questions right now." He gave Silver a smile. "I know you're already finshed with your homework."<p>Silver smiled back and took the blank test that Mr. Dirani held out to her. "Thank you. Thank you so much."<p>Four minutes later, Silver was done with the 42 question test and it was handed back to Mr. Dirani. Upon returning to her seat she discovered a note on her desk.<p>“Thought you could go unnoticed, huh? You'll see how wrong you are, little Athena.”<p>Silver never told _anyone_ that her middle name was Athena.<p>So how did one of her classmates know?<p><p>Two blocks later, Silver had found that her tests in history and science had both been sabotaged in addition to the one in Algebra. And each time, she had found a note on her desk, each the same as the first.<p>By lunchtime Silver was prepared to murder someone.<p>Dumping her stack of binders on the lunch table, Silver marched straight up to her school's principal, Mrs. Ricalin.<p>"Mrs. Ricalin?"<p>"Hello, Silver." The administrators of her school took it as a personal challenge to memorize the names of every student in the school. Which was a feat, considering there were 900 kids in it.<p>"Someone's been trying to sabotage my grades."<p>Silver took the time to explain what had happened, including the notes. Her principal listened intently, then said, "Do you happen to have a copy with you?"<p>Silver nodded and ran over to her pile of binders that sat on the lunch table. She reached into one of her folders and grabbed the small piece of paper, then ran back to Mrs. Ricalin holding it out to her. "Here it is."<p>The principal took the paper from Silver's hand and looked at it for a moment. What shocked Silver was that as soon as Mrs. Ricalin touched it, the ink turned from black to bloodred.<p>"Oh, dear," Silver heard Mrs. Ricalin say quietly. Silver looked up from the paper to her principal.<p>"Something's wrong," said Silver. "I know it is, I can tell from your expression." She took a worried glance around the room.<p>"Silver, I know this is going to sound questionable, but you must listen. Do _exactly_ as I say." Silver nodded. "Run to my office and lock yourself in it. Do not stop, no matter what happens. Do not open the door. Your life is in danger."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2015

    &infin Shadow &infin

    O.O Great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2015

    ☼minious ✘

    KEWL!!! <br> HOW TO MAKE A COOL 'M' <br> &#8499 ~ &#<_>8499 <br> ~&#9788&#10008

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    This book is the real deal and tells it like it is!

    Martin's book tells it like it is. Real information, do's and don'ts from people who are out there on the road. It's a must have!

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    A must read for any Musician, Would-Be Managers, and People already doing their thing. Don't Tour Without It!!!!

    I gave this as a gift to a most wonderful musician. He's definitely got the talent, and the intelligence, I want him to go far. So I did the best thing I could do... give him the tools to succeed. You'll be seeing him soon, in a city near you!!! Thank you Martin Atkins for cutting through the crap and making THIS the New Musician's Bible.


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    Posted July 4, 2012

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