New book explores the mental toll of touring on people in the music industry

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New book Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual, is looking at the impact touring can have on musicians’ mental health.

Providing insight from professionals and artists, the book – written by psychotherapist and former booker, Tamsin Embleton – includes interviews with the likes of Nile Rodgers, Four Tet, Radiohead’s Philip Selway and more.

With over 600 pages of help for artists, touring managers and crew, the manual attempts to cover a variety of psychological difficulties that can occur whilst on a tour that includes addiction, performance anxiety, group dynamics, relationship problems and more.

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Contributing advice and knowledge to the book are experts including psychotherapists, performance coaches, dieticians, sexual health experts and many more to cover all basis.

According to JamBase, Philip Selway said about the upcoming book: “I wish this book had been around when I first started touring … It should be the first thing we all pack when we head out on the road”.

Embleton also co-founded the Music Industry Therapist Collective which creates workshops and research on mental health.

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The Music Industry Therapist Collective believe that “the music industry is home to many vulnerable people who are drawn to a sense of community as well as to the cathartic outlet music can provide.”

As a collective of experts they also cover issues around touring as well as career uncertainty and transitions, the pressure to gain and maintain success and much more.

Set to publish in March this year, pre-order ‘Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual’ here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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