D.I.Y. Touring The World



Released 22 May 2012

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D.I.Y. Touring The World is written principally as a handbook for unknown underground bands on how to tour the world to play music. However, if you’re not in a band, hate music, or don’t even want to tour the world, you’ll still gain some important insight—even if it’s only tips on how to live on the fringes of poverty.


Additional Information

21 × 14.85 × .85 cm


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128 page A5 book
Black and White

D.I.Y. Touring The World Book Cover

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What others are saying

“Finally someone being frank about the reality of touring outside of New Zealand. I wish we’d had this book when we were touring overseas in the Mint Chicks. If you’re a musician wanting to venture outside of New Zealand you’d be foolish not to read this book first.”
Ruban Nielson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mint Chicks)

“Easy to read, well laid-out, and every page includes at least one ‘gotcha’ moment, where Blink tells you something indispensably useful that you can’t believe you never knew before. Totally essential reading for anyone touring anywhere.”
Bruce Russell (Dead C)

“A New Zealand rock’n’roll classic! Would’ve saved me a lot of time and worry if I’d had this book in the late eighties”
David Kilgour (The Clean)

“Well filtered and full of thought Blink quickly moves between all options with abrupt and stern honesty. Narrowing down every nitty-gritty detail like this is a rarity though isn’t that surprising considering it’s from someone who organises Camp A Low Hum, the most universally celebrated DIY festival.”
Vice Cooler

It’s a really easy, quick read, and it’s a really inspiring book for anyone who has that drive in them to travel the world on tour and to do it on their own. What’s cool is that Blink explains how he’s done it, knowing that anyone inspired by the book will ultimately do it their own way. It’s also interesting to read about someone’s experience touring the United States who isn’t from here. Since I’ve toured the States so much, it’s great to get an outsider’s perspective on the whole thing. He picks up on details that natives would gloss over
Dan Deacon (For Magnet Magazine)

Touring the World is shockingly complete and, still, after playing over 500 shows with High Places on every continent except Africa and Antartica, taught me so much about the areas I thought I knew. And most importantly, this book is amazingly inspiring and encouraging to actually get you out on the road!”
Rob Barber (High Places)

“Blink’s book should be a must-read for Kiwi musicians… It offers a warts-and-all reality of driving long hours, eating two-minute noodles and sleeping in cars – playing house-parties for tips and free beer, playing 35 shows in 30 days. The book is smart and easy to read. It’s filled with passion. And knowledge. And insight.”
Simon Sweetman for Blog on the Tracks

Michael McClelland for The Corner

“Like The Art of War for scrappy, hard-working bands. The density of essential knowledge in the tiny book is impressive. And essential is the word.”
Kane Daniel for The Thousands.com.au

“ESSENTIAL reading for any travelling musician – it puts everything in perspective whether DIYing or not.”
Chris Cudby (Golden Axe)

Customer reviews

5.00 out of 5
  1. Not only does this book give fantastic, practical, advice on touring I wish I’d had 4 years ago, but it helps validate my very existence as a dirt-bag musician, touring the world. Thanks Blink. Get in the van!!!
    Tom Young (Freddy Fudd Pucker)

    5 out of 5 by on

  2. Awesome with a capital O – can’t wait to start researching for my first international tour!

    5 out of 5 by on

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