Life of a Roadie: The Gypsy in Me

Life of a Roadie: The Gypsy in Me

by Ronnie Rush


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Life of a Roadie: The Gypsy in Me by Ronnie Rush

Reviews: "I got the book and will be taking it on my flight to London...So cool, can't wait man..." - Brian Ray, Guitarist for Paul McCartney "Ronnie, You did a damn fine job on the manuscript...I wish you much success with this... and I do hope I get an autographed copy" - Joe Frank, of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (PLAYBOY RECORDS) "Ronnie, You have a prodigious ability to call up old memories. Fashioning those memories into a narrative and drawing conclusions about what they mean and what you learned as a result is quite an achievement of contemplation and introspection." - Will Lyman, narrator FRONTLINE (PBS Television) Synopsis: In all of Rock 'n Roll, it was the least of all cool jobs, but everyone who did it, wanted no other job: Roadie. No show ended or started without them; they were there hours before and hours after a concert. It paid minimum wage with no benefits. But if you toured with the right group, you were dead in the middle of history. Few Roadies write their history, their personal stories, their pain and joy. But in Ronnie Rush's book, we see a slice of Rock history that does not try to bridge all of rock 'n roll music; the words place a small stone in the foundation of the growth of one group's life and travels. (Ross du Clair, Chief Engineer, Clear Channel Radio, Sacramento, CA) I've been to hell and back and shook hands with the devil, and I'm still walking tall without the smell of smoke upon me. -Ronnie Rush This book is about my experiences in the music business, starting from when I was a roadie with all the experiences I had with the artists I worked for and continuing through my times in radio until my retirement. The title, Life of a Roadie: the Gypsy in Me, describes how it was that early on, even while growing up, I had a gypsy-like personality that gave me the capacity to travel the United States. Life of a Roadie also tells about how I grew up and who I am, the history and personality that drove me to be able to handle the road and the success I experienced. I'll be taking the reader on a true-life journey that was mostly brought on by luck, circumstance, experience, and personal drive to succeed. There are three things I have always told people when I was approached and asked for advice while I was in the music business: Never give up, never give up, never give up!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935689805
Publisher: 50 Interviews Inc.
Publication date: 03/27/2013
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Ronnie Rush started his journey in the music business long ago. At the early age of 2 he started to get the gift of gab. Then at the age of 10, he started to think of a radio name. Ronnie's influences came from radio and the personalities that were blowing through the radio speakers, in the early 60's. Such talents as The Great Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele, Ronnie's favorite jock of all time.

Soon, in his late teens, Ronnie was meeting musicians and got an offer to be a roadie. As soon as a year or so had passed the group Ronnie worked for had got an offer to be the front band and tour with such acts as the Drifters and Shirelles . What an experience! He said, Wow here I am on tour and meeting all these great musicians I was listening to as a kid on the radio. Ronnie was then introduced to, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. They needed a roadie to go on tour with them and of course he accepted. Life changed at that moment. Now, the level of musicians Ronnie was meeting, all had hits in the current top 40 Billboard magazine. Even on tour we had time to stop and see a concert. There I was walking back stage with HJF&R to meet Karen & Richard Carpenter. Their band called The Carpenters. Then it was off to Chet Huntley's Ranch in Bozeman Montana to do a benefit concert. At the resort we all got our own bungalow cabin. By the time we did the show we were having a meal with such stars as, The Skipper from Gilligan's Island. Miss Donna Douglas of the Beverly Hillbillies, sat right next to me while we ate. Wow, there at the end of the table was Joey Heatherton (she did the SERTA mattress commercial) This all was around the mid 70's.

Ronnie continues to say, even checking into the Holiday Inn you could turn around and see other artist hanging around waiting to get a room. Such artists like Seals & Crofts Boz Scaggs to mention a few. Those were the days!

I do know one thing is for sure, nothing comes to anyone easy. You have to work hard and even harder to get over that hump that will eventually welcome the arrival of all your hard work.

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Life of a Roadie: The Gypsy in Me 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Curtis McKinney 10 months ago
In today's world of "instant" gratification, I find myself not reading as many books as I should or even worse, not having the time to finish them. NOT THE CASE HERE! I could not put this down. I don't want to ruin anything for anyone, but WOW! Do yourself a favor and read this book; you will absolutely not regret it. 5 Stars all the way! - Curtis McKinney
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever wanted a glimpse into the rock and roll life this is the book for you. While it can be exciting, it can also be exhausting but once you have been a roadie, you will be hard pressed to do anything else as challenging or exciting and Ronnie brings his experiences to life. Along the way, Ronnie hits some tremendous highs a lows, and realizes a lifelong dream - not only as a roadie but as a radio personality. You will recognize the names of the bands and performers Ronnie has worked with and for and the insights about them are neat to know.... If you want a great read pick up a copy! With luck there will be a continuation!
Terry Bomar More than 1 year ago
“Life as a Roadie” is an easy read and a fascinating road-trip through the life and times of Rock and Roll. I enjoyed reading about the unique encounters with some of the great names of our past. It warmed my heart to read about my dear friend Dan Haggerty. I am so glad Ronnie remembered our mutual friend “the Griz.” All of the stories in “Life as a Roadie” put you on the road with a backstage view of great names and great music!
MargaretHelmer More than 1 year ago
Thank you Ronnie for a special book allowing me to enjoy my memories of my younger years in the 1970's. It was heartwarming to know our paths crossed. Your memories are appreciated in many ways. Margaret Helmer Jensen Beach FL. USA
onair4hrs More than 1 year ago
Ronnie's casual style as he recounts his exciting adventures as a roadie makes this a fun read that's easy to follow and totally entertaining. Joey Mitchell 101.5 KHITS Sacramento.
LynnBoston More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! Inspiring! Loved it! Very, very funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life of a Roadie is a wonderful read with interesting and humorous accounts of the music and touring industry much of which are hidden from those without a backstage pass. JC Incline Village NV
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ronnie is like a masterful painter who has painted a doorway thru which we may experience the larger than life personalities and groups of a golden era of music and entertainment. Congratulations Ronnie, you have created a winner!! Bill D. Hollywood, Ca
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you ever wanted to know about the life of a Roadie, this is the book to tell the story. It never crossed my mind that I would even have the slightest interest in the story, but, boy was I surprised! Ronnie Rush is an excellent storyteller. He relives events & happenings not even imagined by the regular work-a-day person. You'll thoroughly enjoy this book, and even re-read it, as I am doing. Marianne B. Fair Oaks, Ca
MamaStang More than 1 year ago
As a child of the 60's and 70's, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I knew of all the talent Ronnie lived and worked with, and it was fascinating to know the little secrets of the stars. I also enjoyed hearing Ronnie's personal journey over the years, and it was very enlightening, and uplifting in many ways. Instead of being jaded from all the exposure to humanity at its best and worse, Ronnie writes with refreshing candor and open honesty. I will keep this in my library forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book! One every musician, roadie or promoter should read. Very inspirational!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book of one man's unique journey. Ronnie breaks stories up in individual chapters so it keeps the book moving and fresh.  An inspiring read that often parallels humanity's challenges, successes, and heart breaks.  Enjoyed it very much.  JS  
June1 More than 1 year ago
I want to compliment Ronnie Rush on the book "Life as a Roadie the Gypsy in Me."  I enjoyed reading about his experiences especially with Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds which is one band I feel was a class act from the 70's.  Ronnie's writing style, what I understand to be a first time author, and his telling of his experiences was excellent and brought me back to a time when life seemed to be much simpler and music was truly coming from the soul of the songwriters and musicians and not just a for profit business.  I was especially fascinated with his experiences with his best friend Dan Hamilton lead vocalist and guitarist of Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds and remember when Fall'in in Love came out - how I loved that song.  Then Winners and Losers came out and I loved that one too - almost even more.  Dan Hamilton was an exceptional songwriter, singer, and musician and it is a shame that his talents did not get more exposure to the public who would undoubtedly provide him with even more recognition than he had and so rightfully deserves.  Thanks Ronnie for a book I just couldn't put down!  June Nilsson, Blackfoot, Idaho
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book about Rock and Roll ,traveling and life in general!  Bob H 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!! Must buy!!! So many stories to chose from; not to mention a lifetime of celebrity cameo appearances that have made their way into Ronnie's life! Great background information with rich family insight and heartbreaking tragedy. It's been a pleasure to read. -Nikki D (West Virginia)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and held my interest all the way through to the end. A fascinating insight to the music world you don't hear very much about. Good job Ronnie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first glance this book may just appear to be about being a roadie. But it is far more. About the life and family that led to becoming a roadie. As well as behind the scenes in the music industry and life lessons in business. Interesting and informative book that I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read Ronnie! Being in the concert business and working with roadies and hearing their stories over the past 20 years made this book that much more interesting. It's great to get a true behind the scenes look at the guys and gals that make this business we love work. Looking forward to the next book! BC - Sacramento
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to crawl in bed each night and read this book. I enjoyed every moment of it. In fact I think I just might read it again. I loved it. Good job Ronnie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sincerely enjoyed this book. I've always been interested in the "behind the scenes" roles of people who work in the music industry and this story is all about what it takes to find your big "break" in the industry. I read many of the passages to my wife, and even a few to my kids. Great family reading and an unusual but captivating narrative style. - Jeremy W. Madison, WI
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rolicking, fun story of the life of a man who grew up in the music biz back when all the real talent was live and rocking. From chance encounters with Paula Abdul to a job offer with Elton John, this roadie's life is a fascinating account of a generation of music through the eyes of the unseen but ever-watching stagehand. Told with refreshing candor and wit, the book tells the story of a young man growing up through difficult times and hard situations, but the star-studded cast and California setting make it seem like a movie script in the making.You won't realize how much you didn't know about your favorite oldies!