You Can't Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates

Sam Cutler, Author ECW Press $17.95 (326p) ISBN 978-1-55022-932-5
Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll play strong supporting roles for headliners the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead in this straight-dope, tell-all account of Cutler's years managing road shows for ""the yin and yang of bands."" A dissatisfied schoolteacher in 1960s London, Cutler turned his involvement with the music scene into a career as ""a sort of production honcho, doing all the dirty work on site"" that others wouldn't. His work with the Stones began with their 1969 appearance at Hyde Park, and continued through an entire U.S. tour, ending with the Altamont disaster in California. After that, Cutler took up with the Grateful Dead, managing finances and tours (including Europe '72). Cutler's memoir is populated by a fascinating range of rock stars, gangsters, and international drug lords, but his insider position doesn't always penetrate the chaos; one important exception is his account of Altamont, the massive, free, outdoor Stones concert overtaken by violence (among other record-setting details, Cutler reports that ""police had done nothing in the face of serious violent crime... other than bravely towing away hundreds of cars""). Of certain interest to anyone who recalls the music scene of the early 1970s, this fast-moving narrative of rock-n-roll excess should also absorb music fans of any age.
Reviewed on: 02/22/2010
Release date: 02/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 295 pages - 978-1-74166-609-0
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