To summarize this story, it tells a story of an individual who started out in 1960 in rock ’n’ roll and took it all the way in his field, to the top, and became the most famous road manager in the United States of the time. I was in trade magazines, on TV shows and received fan mail. It got to the point where I had to deal with my fans and their mania wherever I went, like the rock stars I worked with. The only other road manager at the time that was in this category was Malcolm Evans, who worked for the Beatles. Paul Revere had told me I was even like a sixth Raider. Here I was, a kid from Olympia, and now in Hollywood living the fast lane with the after burner on, and the G forces pushing my skin back on my face. The jet pilots are not the only ones that do that. I lived it. From band boy, to roadie, to road manager, tour manger, and body guard. It tells the true-life story of groups starting out, and the excitement of making it all the way to the top. And I was the only one that went everywhere the band did, having the same experiences. The changes in the way we tour on the ground and in the air, changes in sound equipment, show productions, TV shows, touring, recording, business and instruments. It tells of the fun, the hard work, the excitement, the danger and the responsibility of touring. I would go up against anybody in history that thinks they saw a lot of rock ’n’ roll bands in that time. I literally saw thousands and thousands. No one else alive can tell this story but me, because of the unique position I was in at the time. After 18 years on the road working with top American and top British groups, and having the business almost kill me a few times, I definitely have a very unique one of a kind story to tell. I have played Madison Square Garden's, Yankee Stadium, Dick Clark Caravan Star Tours, USO Tours, College tours, promotional tours, and other Country tours. I have done it all. Keep in mind that out of the entire population of the United States, 25% are baby boomers. And they were teenyboppers at that time. Looking back, I have no regrets except for one: THE ROCK ’N’ ROLL EVOLUTION WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. I was right in the middle of it! There were no set standards or proven ways until we blazed a trail into the new world of Rock “n” Roll.
EBook coming soon in February 23, 2011
Mark "Hoss" Amans was born and raised in the state of Washington. He started in Rock n' Roll in 1962 with two Seattle groups, the Viceroy's and the Wailers. "In those days I was called a "band boy", long before the term "roadie" was coined." Mark became "Hoss" while working with Paul revere and the Raiders. Working with the Raiders led to non-stop tours and many appearances on Dick Clark's "Where the Action Is" on ABC TV. The raiders have done more TV appearances than any other band in the history of Rock n' Roll, over 750 shows. Hoss himself worked more TV appearances than any other road manager. The litany of groups 'Hoss' staged and road managed is extensive; The Blues Magoos, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Grass Roots, The Who, Herman's Hermits and Cat Stevens to mention a few. "After being on the road for 18 years I became a road manager and tour manager then band manager." Following his wild and exciting career as a high profile road manager on the inside of the evolution of rock n' roll, a ovie producer friend persuaded 'Hoss' to document the tumultuos life that most fans never get to experience. This is that book. No other road manager can even come close to telling this story with the revealing detail that 'Hoss' poured into "Where the Action Was"! 'Hoss' is already in discussion with a pending movie deal that will chronicle this revealing, chaotic and legendary life. Asking 'Hoss' to summarize the Rock n' Roll life in one sentence, he said: "my only regret is that the evolution of Rock n' Roll will never happen again..."