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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.

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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  • PDF | 592 pages
  • Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • English
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  • By Alan Ash on July 7, 2016

    Wonderful book with real life anecdotes and stories that apply to all facets of being in a band.It is a bit dated as it was written some years back, but doesn't affect most content- it mentions Myspace rather than Facebook, Twitter, etc. Lots of great ideas and good advice.

  • By Matt Ogilvie on April 10, 2015

    This book has everything you need to know about touring. If you plan on going on a tour, I highly recommend you read this book first. Martin Atkins gives readers an inside look at touring. He lists real world examples from himself and other artists he has worked with. This book includes everything from what vehicle to take, how to allocate your money, what not to do, and so much more.

  • By ed wilson on August 22, 2016

    It you want to be a music professional, Tour Smart is a must have for any band, manager, venue owner or pretty much anyone in the music business. Tour Smart is well organized, a great read and packed full of vital information. Listen to Martin. He can save you a lot of time, energy and frustration and make life easier for yourself and everyone around you.

  • By jdk on July 9, 2015

    Very good tips for anyone who has tried to help a band tour, or who has been in a band. People who have not done it probably wouldn't understand some of the finer points, but overall extremely helpful and amusing.

  • By Guest on February 5, 2008

    I purchased this to review then hand over to my son and his band whohave toured relentlessly for the last 6 years. They have been through3 record label deals that would make even the strong bands quit and goback to a 9 to 5. Their lives are written in Marty's pages-but Martygives hope. Follow the do's & don't's like those who give advise here.If you think you can work around the proven methods of earning a livingas a touring musician you will surely learn the hard way and have plentyof debt to prove it. There is a lot of info here and some great ideas tokeep you earning money. Thanks, Marty for your insight because you livedit and the fine contributions from others in the industry. This is a manual to consistantly refer to as you journey through the adventurouscareer of entertaining the fickle public.

  • By alex on February 1, 2013

    This book is so full of wisdom. You cannot skim through it like so many other music business books. Many music biz books were written by attorneys who talk about different types of contracts and defines the roles of all involved. To me, that's child's play -mere basics that you can get from blogs and websites on the internet. This book is by a touring musician who knows what's up. The author's advice comes from experience and is EXTREMELY inciteful. Imagine taking an intense class on how to make money and keep it in the music biz from an elder, wiser, much more experienced touring musician... PRICELESS man. Get it.Sincerely,Alex Gordonin Austin

  • By Tark Main on September 28, 2013

    Lots to absorb from this book. Feels somewhat dated (references to MySpace, etc), but that's easy to overlook given the value of the advice offered. I would've preferred less tour stories from guest authors, but whatever. Worth the read!

  • By Photoguy on December 12, 2007

    This book is a monster--big thick tome of information. Every band who is seriously considering leaving the garage MUST read this book. Atkins is a fantastic writer and he is able to make the boring business side of this industry entertaining. In addition to his insight, there are many testimonials from other touring artists, managers, booking agents, merch guys/gals, etc. from everything to getting laid to getting paid. The horror stories alone are worth the price of the book. Consider TOUR:SMART to be the owner's manual to being in a band that plays shows. And as always, if what you're doing isn't working, RTFM!


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