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Bibliography » Early Pioneers and Technological Development

The secondary sources below are referenced to provide an overview of concert touring technological elements. The interviews with Bill McManus and Chip Monck serve as examples of primary research and personal history of early developments in concert touring technology.

Moody, James. (1998). "Technical Innovations." Concert Lighting, Techniques, Art, and Business. Newton, MA, Butterworth-Heinemann: 91-111.

Introduction to the primary technological developments in lighting contributed by the concert lighting industry from the early 1970s to the present.

“Bill McManus, Lighting Designer.” Lighting Dimensions Jan. 1978: 28+.

1977 Interview with Bill McManus that discusses his contributions to the early development of lighting technology for touring.

Rose, Steph. “Interview with Bill McManus.” Pro Lights & Staging News 15 Mar. 2004: 22-23.

2004 Interview with Bill McManus that discusses his career in the lighting field.

For a complete transcript of this fascinating in-depth interview see:

Rose, Steph. "Interview with Bill McManus", PLSN Homepage (15 Mar. 2004). http://www.plsn.com/Current-Issue/PLSN-Interview/Bill-McManus. Online. World Wide Web. 12 Sep. 2006.

“Bill McManus, Lighting Industry Pioneer- 1946-2005.” Pro Lights & Staging News e-mail alert. 16 Jan. 2005.

In memorial of Bill McManus, a pioneer of concert lighting, this e-mail alert from PLSN documents some of his major accomplishments and contributions to the field of concert lighting. See archived version at:

"re: Bill McManus." Stagecraft Digest, Issue #262 #5. http://stagecraft.theprices.net/digest/2005/01_January/StagecraftDigest-0262_Mon_2005-Jan-17.txt. Online. World Wide Web. 12 Sep. 2006.

Mitchell, Kevin M. “Chip Monck: Grandfather of Rock and Roll Productions.” Pro Lights & Staging News Dec. 2003: 18-21.

An interview with Chip Monck, another pioneer of lighting for concert touring.

See full text at:

Mitchell, Kevin M."Chip Monck: Grandfather of Rock and Roll Productions." kevinmmitchell.com . http://www.kevinmmitchell.com/writer/articles/chipmonck.html. Online. World Wide Web. 12 Sep. 2006.