Saturday, August 15, 2015

You Can't Always Get What You Want

You Can't Always Get What You Want
Antonio G. Pereira © 2015 Antonio G. Pereira

        You Can't Always Get What You Want by Sam Cutler Published by ECW Press, Canada
        This is an interesting and at times informative, as well as entertaining, and yet ultimately disturbing book. Disturbing for the existing blatant corruption in this story. (There is of course Stanley Booth's book, 'The True Adventures of The Rolling Stones', where once you identify Mr. Booth's cracker mannerisms, he's not a bad writer; Stanley being a native of the same Waycross, Georgia that well known actor and deadly serious Civil Rights Activist Pernell Roberts came from.) Sam Cutler was Road Manager for The Rolling Stones on their 1969 North American Tour. His inside, fly-on-the-wall, riveting re-telling of that ill-fated concert tour makes this book worth checking out, as well as the enlightening story of his early life before and leading up to his association with the Stones; while Brian Jones was still in the band: Go to The Internet Archive  Type  into the Wayback Machine, press Enter, then choose Sept.24th, 2009.  . The subsequent fallout of the Altamont Free Concert  , his dealing with the Hells Angels (thugs with money - For some interesting related further reading on this subject, check out Chapter 3 'Doing It On-Camera', in the late NBC Newsman Bob Teague's book, 'Live and Off Color: News Biz' Published by A&W Publishers Inc. New York), and work afterwards with the Grateful Dead. The mysterious John Jaymes, and his direct connections to and with the Mafia; who in turn became involved in the Stones' tour. Cutler's contact with Jimi Hendrix who was visiting the Stones backstage at Madison Square Garden (along with Janis Joplin) during the '69 tour  , {just before Hendrix left New York for his trial in Toronto - For more on this, go to The Internet Archive  Type   into the Wayback Machine, press Enter, then choose 2005}, and again with Hendrix, during a joint concert with the Dead and the Steve Miller Band at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1970, and Sam's contact with Janis Joplin, Delaney and Bonnie,The Buddy Guy Band, "Pigpen" McKernan, Rick Danko etc... on the Festival Express Tour in 1970  , and Cutler's final unpleasant parting of the ways with the Dead, finishes the story completely. This book may be a little difficult to obtain, but makes informative reading of what amounts to a cautionary tale.