Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

The Touring Musician's Handbook

Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

The Touring Musician's Handbook

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Bobby Owsinski. The Touring Musician's Handbook. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Books, 2011. www.halleonardbooks.com.

For anyone who wants to go on large-scale tours as a hired-hand musician, singer, road manager, or audio person, this book is an essential guide. Having said that, the reality of the industry is that the sort of largescale tours that this book covers will employ only a very small percentage of musicians who may want to do the work.

Owsinski defines each player in the tour in some detail. This includes monitor engineers, lighting directors, stage managers, and other personnel. He also provides a history of how tours developed as an industry from, for example, the chitlin' circuit of R&B performers to today's stadium and arena tours. Other sections of the book cover preparation for players of each instrument. This includes many hints for packing back-up cables, accessories, and even instruments for major tours.

An accompanying DVD-ROM has a gear preparation list and two short movies where a touring musician takes the viewer through what needs to be packed in terms of gear and personal items. There is also a letter for the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), which is part of an agreement with the airlines that covers a musician's right to carry instruments aboard a plane. This is quite useful because I can tell the reader from personal experience that not all gate agents and cabin attendants are aware of this agreement.

Overall this is an excellent guide to large-scale tours. …

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