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: 685,469
  • 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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  • 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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