Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Preview: You Can’t Always Get What You Want – My Life with The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, and other wonderful reprobates by Sam Cutler


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This is our Preview of You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Which contains publisher’s blurb, author info, and purchasing links. No opinions yet, but will be coming soon in John’s personal Review.

About the Book:   An exhilarating, all-access rock memoir from someone who has seen and done it all, this telling recounts the many experiences of Sam Cutler, the former tour manager of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. With intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the 1960s and 1970s—including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Band, the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton - this account is an ideal resource for any music fan.

A detailed explanation of the infamous Rolling Stones concert in Altamont, where a man in the crowd was killed by the Hells Angels, is also included.

As the rotors created an ungodly racket above us, I sat there crammed into the helicopter with the Stones, their management and various hangers-on. The free concert at Altamont was intended to be a celebration of not just the music, but the thriving peace and love counter-culture of the sixties. Rather it had descended into a bloody chaotic mess of violence, death and despair. And we were on the run.

There has never been an official investigation into events at Altamont and those involved have never before spoken on record. SAM CUTLER has decided that it is time to put to rest the myths and legends that have grown up around this infamous event in rock history and for the first time reveal the truth. 

This is an exhilarating, access-all-areas rock memoir from someone who has seen - and done - it all. 

Cutler, Sam

Bio:   SAM CUTLER was tour manager for the Rolling Stones at some of their major gigs in the late sixties, including the free California concert at which a man was murdered by a Hell's Angel in front of the stage while the Stones played on. After the show, Sam was left behind to make peace with the Hell's Angels, the various mobsters and organizations who had taken an overt interest in the event, and the people of America.

Sam survived Altamont and went on to live the ultimate rock and roll dream. This is his own account of the high ol' times he had managing tours for San Francisco band the Grateful Dead - who went on to become the world's most successful live act. Along the way Sam draws intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the sixties and seventies.

He has been at the centre of some of the most exciting developments in the music industry, and has worked with the two largest grossing live artists in the world, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. He briefly owned the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has tour and stage managed across different continents and sounds. Sam now lives and works in the Pacific area with a particular interest in Australian and New Zealand artists.

More on Sam Cutler can be found at several sources – Wikipedia; his website; and another website, and Random House.

Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; Review Copy edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155022932X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229325
  • Genre: Memoir/Non Fiction

    This copy was received by ECW Press. A big thanks to Simon since John is such a huge music buff and the copy is signed!

    Thanks for reading Layers of Thought.


    Alexia561 said...

    Sounds like a great read, as I've read other books about the Stones during their heyday and wow, what a life! Looking forward to John's review!

    Unknown said...

    Terri -
    John is such a music buff and he grew up with these guys albeit vicariously. So this is such fun stuff for him.

    It should be coming up soon.
    Thanks :)

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