Roadies – Times, They Are A-Changing

Bygone eras are a common theme in this blog. You can find people throughout my writing and reporting who laud and lament things from the past that have disappeared.

Roadies have proved to be an interesting lens to look at bygone eras in the music industry. “We don’t call them roadies anymore, they are technicians,” says Tim McKenna, production manager at the House of Blues in Boston. This statement belies larger changes, such as what has happened in the touring industry over the past couple of decades and how those changes have affected the technician’s profession.

Check out my radio piece, which explores how technology is shaping the industry from a few different “on the ground” perspectives, peppered with some fun stories from the road.

For those in the music business reading this, do you agree or disagree? Has the industry changed? What do you think? I’d love to hear about it. Blog and Soundcloud comments, tweets and facebook posts are welcome.


About Melissa Tabeek

Melissa Tabeek is a freelance journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. She reports on politics, culture and social issues in the Middle East. On her website, you can also find her blog, where she writes about her work and daily life in Lebanon. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Northeastern University.
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