Anyone following the business of rock & roll touring has probably become familiar with the term roadie. I would like to counter the stereotype that this term has established and discourage its use in the future. The term roadie carries a certain degrading connotation, having its roots in the tradition that spawned another infamous rock & roll term—groupie. Many road crew members in the early years may have been little more than male groupies (family and friends of band members) who simply wanted to hang around with the band, but the industry and its requirements have changed dramatically in the past decades. Rock & roll as a whole has become more sophisticated and technically more complex. As a result, the persons ...

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