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Rocking fillers: Live music Christmas gift guide

Classic concert posters

The Rolling Stones, Cardiff Castle, 1973

Is there anything in the history of rock music art as magnificent as Kate Burness’s poster for the Stones’ 1973 show at Cardiff Castle, depicting a dragon with an unfortunate case of Mick Jagger-mouth?

This particular print is sadly sold out, but there are plenty more to choose from at Classic Posters, including the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Who.

 

No Pasta No Show

Claudio Trotta, No Pasta No Show

No Pasta No Show: My 40 Years of Live Music in Italy, Barley Arts founder Claudio Trotta’s new autobiography, is part memoir by a promoter responsible for more than 15,000 live events over five decades, and part history of the Italian concert business.

Or, in the words of Rock Rebel Magazine, “the story of 40 years of live music in Italy: a gallery of unforgettable characters and their stories”. Get it for €16.92 from Amazon.

 

Sleep Safe tape

Fake Awake sleeping tape

At your tenth show this week? In a dingy basement surrounded by drunk students when you’d much rather be at home in bed with your wife/husband/cuddle pillow? Treat yourself to 40 winks mid-gig with these extremely convincing stick-on fake eyes.

Just £5 from Wish.com… for the agent who has everything.

 

Ticket Masters

Ticket Masters

Dean Budnick and Josh Baron’s Ticket Masters – subtitled The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped – chronicles the history and growth of the modern live music industry, with a particular focus on the changing, often controversial, ticketing market.

A 2011 Maclean’s review calls the book a “fascinating insider’s portrait of the music business once all of the pulsing lights, fog machines and sound equipment have been turned off”.

 

Musical Ruler

Dan Wieden's Musical Ruler

Wanted to be a rock star but lacked the musical talent? Never fear: Dan Wieden’s Musical Ruler offers you the chance to “become a musician in just a few hours!”

For just £5.99, the stationery maestro will guide you through “the highs, the lows and a variety of twanging thrills” of “modern ruler playing” – perfect for the failed musician in your life.

 

Isolate ear plugs

Flare Isolate

Starting at just £24.99, Flare Audio’s aluminium Isolate ear protectors promise to shield your ear drums from permanent hearing damage by blocking loud noise – such as live music – while still allowing you to ‘hear’ in detail through bone conduction.

Muse’s tour director, Glen Rowe, describes them as “bloody brilliant”, while legendary producer Tony Visconti (Bowie/T. Rex/Morrissey) says they’re “the best plugs I’ve ever used”. High praise indeed.

 

Desk Tape Series

ARCA Desk Tape Series

If you want to raise money for a worthy music-related cause this Christmas, you could do worse than ARCA’s Desk Tape Series.

ARCA advocates for road crew, which it describes as the “backbone of Australian music”, especially those in crisis. All proceeds from the sale of the recordings will be used to assist road crew: The roadie who worked on the show will receive 80% of the profit, with 20% being retained by ARCA for its charitable Roadies Fund.

 

Emperor Palpatine mask

Emperor Palpatine mask

What better way to celebrate ILMC’s close encounters-themed 30th anniversary than with this truly horrifying silicone mask of the most evil man in the galaxy, Star Wars’s Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine?

It’s yours for just £517.90 from Ireland’s Madhouse FX Studio. Just make sure you let your colleagues know if you’ve ordered one – one Sith lord in the Royal Garden Hotel is probably more than enough…

 

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New Desk Tape Series to raise funds for Oz roadies

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) this Friday releases the first Desk Tape Series live recording, the latest initiative in its efforts to raise funds for roadies down under.

ARCA – which recently received a donation of A$10,000 (US$7,680) from Frontier Touring, and last year secured a commitment from Chugg Entertainment to donate 5¢ from every ticket sold – advocates for road crew, which it describes as the “backbone of Australian music”, especially those in crisis. A recent study revealed Australians working in the music industry disproportionately suffer from poor metal health, with roadies especially at risk: according to charity Entertainment Assist, road crew experienced suicide ideation at a rate almost nine times that of the general public in 2016.

The Desk Tape Series draws on 40 years’ worth of live recordings amassed by roadies, and kicks on Friday 10 November with a Redgum show recorded at Melkweg (1,500-cap.) in Amsterdam in 1985.

“Each release acknowledges just how important roadies have been to making our industry a stand-out success”

Future tapes, available on CD/digitally or limited-edition cassette via Black Box Recordings, will include shows by Men at Work, the Church, Crowded House, Midnight Oil and more.

All proceeds from the sale of the recordings will be used to assist road crew: The roadie who worked on the show will receive 80% of the profit, with 20% being retained by ARCA for its charitable Roadies Fund.

“Each release acknowledges just how important roadies have been to making our live performance industry a stand-out success,” says ARCA. “They offer recognition to the engineers who documented this wealth of genuine Australian music history.”

 


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Artists, promoters get behind ARCA roadies’ fund

A fund set up by the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) to “assist roadies in crisis” has won support from across the Australian music industry, with a major promoter and several artists each agreeing to donate 5¢ from every ticket sold.

Michael Chugg, the founder and executive chairman of Chugg Entertainment, earlier this month became the first promoter to throw his weight behind the fund, pledging to donate five Australian cents from 40,000 tickets. The figure, says ARCA, will be reviewed in six months.

Artists on board include Air Supply, who gave 5¢ for every ticket sold for their recent Australian tour; Crowded House, who will donate 5¢ per ticket from their upcoming shows at the Sydney Opera house; and Paul Kelly, who has pledged 5¢ per ticket from his 2016–2017 Australian tour. ARCA notes Kelly “lost [his] good friend and lighting guy, Scotty ‘Dot’ Duhig to suicide, and is a big supporter of the ARCA cause”.

The roadies’ fund, announced in January, is a joint venture with Support Act, an Australian charity that provides crisis services to artists and music industry workers.

“We understand the unique pressures experienced by road crew and we are committed to helping roadies in crisis”

ARCA director Ian Peel says: “The Australian Road Crew Association wished to supply a continuing health and welfare service to its members and crew that need help. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we have come together with Support Act, which will help to consolidate assistance now, and into the future, for crew. This is a fantastic collaboration for the future of ARCA and the industry.”

Support Act’s chief executive, Joanna Cave, adds: “We understand the unique pressures experienced by road crew and we are committed to helping roadies in crisis.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may do so online by visiting www.supportact.org.au/givehelp and writing “ROADIE” in the donation field.

 


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