The United States had "Hit Men", and now Australia has its version," The Promoters", written by Australian journalist Stuart Coupe.
"The Promoters" looks at the wheeling and dealing of the Australian concert touring business from the 1950's on, covering the big losses and the big wins, insights to the workings of the Big 5 (Michael Gudinski, Paul
Dainty, Michael Chugg, Kevin Jacobsen and Michael Coppel) partnership breakups of various partners of Michael Gudinski over the years, Kerry Packer's backing of Michael Chugg and Paul Dainty at the same time and why Chugg is no longer involved according to Packer's right hand man. It explores the times and personalities when drug dealers were alleged as investors including the truth behind the arrest of one of the country's top hashish merchants, Ian Saxon, who was a tour manager primarily for Frontier Touring.
"The Promoters" shows how it is actually possible to lose over $2 million on a major international tour even after the promoter sold 95% of the possible tickets.
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