In all of Rock ‘n Roll, it was the least of all cool jobs, but everyone who did it, wanted no other job: Roadie.
No show ended or started without them; they were there hours before and hours after a concert. It paid minimum wage with no benefits. But if you toured with the right group, you were dead in the middle of history. Few Roadies write their history, their personal stories, their pain and joy. But in Ronnie Rush’s book, we see a slice of Rock history that does not try to bridge all of rock ‘n roll music; the words place a small stone in the foundation of the growth of one group’s life and travels. (Ross du Clair, Chief Engineer, Clear Channel Radio, Sacramento, CA)
I’ve been to hell and back and shook hands with the devil, and I’m still walking tall without the smell of smoke upon me.
This book is about my experiences in the music business, starting from when I was a roadie with all the experiences I had with the artists I worked for and continuing through my times in radio until my retirement. The title, Life of a Roadie: the Gypsy in Me, describes how it was that early on, even while growing up, I had a gypsy-like personality that gave me the capacity to travel the United States.
Life of a Roadie also tells about how I grew up and who I am, the history and personality that drove me to be able to handle the road and the success I experienced. I’ll be taking the reader on a true-life journey that was mostly brought on by luck, circumstance, experience, and personal drive to succeed. There are three things I have always told people when I was approached and asked for advice while I was in the music business: Never give up, never give up, never give up!
About the Author
Ronnie Rush started his journey in the music business long ago. At the early age of 2 he started to get the gift of gab. Then at the age of 10, he started to think of a radio name. Ronnie’s influences came from radio and the personalities that were blowing through the radio speakers, in the early 60’s. Such talents as The Great Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele, Ronnie’s favorite jock of all time.