You Can't Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, and Other Wonderful Reprobates
By Sam Cutler
- Author: Sam Cutler
- Publisher: ECW Press
- Published: February 2010
- ISBN-10: 155022932X
- ISBN-13: 9781550229325
- Format: Paperback
- Size: 6 X 1.25 X 9
- Weight: 1.24 lbs.
- Copyright: 2010
- Subject: MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
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.
Cutler was a tour manager in the late Sixties and early Seventies for two of the era's most iconic bands, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. In this readable memoir, he recounts his years on the periphery of the London music scene and his eventual association with the Stones. The bulk of the book recounts their infamous and legendary 1969 U.S. tour (well documented in Ethan Russell's recent Let It Bleed) and its culmination in the tragic debacle at the free show at Altamont. Cutler subsequently spent four years as a road manager for the Dead, and he describes their inimitable personalities in the years during which they became a fully realized touring act—memorably evoking a tour by train across Canada where the Dead were joined by Janis Joplin, the Band, and others on a rollicking journey of alcohol-fueled jam sessions. VERDICT While the book contains no real revelations, this insider, backstage account of these two legendary yet very different bands will be of interest to fans of both groups.—Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. Lib., NJ[Page 77]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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