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Concert Design
The Road, The Craft, The Industry

ISBN 9781138503861
Published March 11, 2020 by Routledge
158 Pages 28 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Concert Design: The Road, The Craft, The Industry offers an exceptional journey though the world of concert design, exploring not only its unique design attributes but also the industry that has grown around it and how to make a career of ‘the road’.

Concert designer Seth Jackson analyzes how the industry has changed over the last three decades – from its early days of ‘no rules’ and ‘cowboys’ to a thriving and growing industry with countless career opportunities. Drawing on 25 years of experience and clients ranging from Carrie Underwood to Don Henley, he explores design techniques, working with Artists and directors, the rigors of concert touring, and navigating a career path through a challenging industry. The book also includes stories from numerous industry luminaries such as Steve Cohen, Jeff Ravitz, Eric Loader, Howard Ungerleider, and Jim Lenahan, along with Jackson’s own experiences.

Written for aspiring concert lighting designers and students of Concert Lighting and Theatre Lighting courses, Concert Design is an excellent resource for anyone who has ever wondered what backstage life is really all about.

Table of Contents

1. I Want to Do This for the Rest of My Life  2. I’m Sweeping the Shop… with My BFA  3. Wheels on the Highway  4. Designs and Sausages  5. It May Take a Village, but You Are Just One of the Chiefs  6. Allied Forces  7. Where’s the Band?  8. The Call for Artistry

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Seth Jackson has been designing concert tours all around the world for 25 years, from his early days in Nashville to his later projects on Broadway and in Beijing. A two-time Parnelli Award winner, he has designed concert tours for Carrie Underwood, Don Henley, Toby Keith, Selena Gomez, Barry Manilow, and many others. For more information, please visit

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Saint Louis, MO, USA

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