• Every Night’s A Saturday Night

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    Author: Bobby Keys with Bill Ditenhafer
    Forward by: Keith Richards
    Publisher: Counterpoint Press
    Release Date: February 28, 2012
    Review Date: April 8, 2012

    I’ve got to interview lots of artists. As of this writing, I’ve conducted close to ninety interviews. The most fun are the kinds of interviews are the ones where the person is just rattling off story after story about their life and the people they’ve associated with over their careers. What is even more enjoyable is when those conversations are relaxed and folksy – without pretense or an uppity attitude.

    One such person that I’ve recently interviewed is Bobby Keys, saxophonist for the Rolling Stones. To paraphrase what I wrote in that interview, he’s folksy and as country as cornbread – my kind of people! Bobby’s a great guy to chat with and one of the most fun guys I’ve had the privilege of interviewing.

    You might not be able to interview Bobby Keys yourself but I can offer you the next best thing: His autobiography, Every Night’s A Saturday Night. Easy to read and very natural, you get the feel that you’re sitting in Keys’ family room, sipping on iced tea as he regales you with tales of his life as one of the go-to sax players in rock and roll. Because of who all he’s worked with, I refer to him as the Forest Gump of Rock and Roll. When you read Saturday Night, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    You’ll read about the whole, complete story about his fabled bath in a tub of Dom Perignon. You read some very interesting stories about his friendship with John Lennon and his work with George Harrison and hanging with Harry Nilsson. You’ll read about his tours with Joe Cocker as well as Delaney and Bonnie. He tells of his meetings with Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

    Of course, there are lots and lots of stories about some band called the Rolling Stones and some guys by the names of Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger and their keyboardist, Chuck Leavell. No, he really doesn’t dish any dirt on the lads. As he said in my interview with him, that’s all be said and done already. To Keys, it’s all about the music and the friendships and that’s what makes Every Night’s A Saturday Night such a fun and enjoyable read.

    It goes without saying that avid Stones fans will want this book. However, if you love true – and often hilarious – stories about some of the greatest names in rock music (as well as some of the songs and albums associated with them), you’re going to want this book.

  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want

    you cant always get what you want cover final.bYou Can’t Always Get What You Want
    By Sam Cutler
    Publisher: ECW Press
    Released: February, 2010
    Reviewed: May, 2010

    The sixties were both an idyllic and turbulent time. For Sam Cutler, the last year of that decade certainly seemed to have started out as idyllic with him landing what appeared to be the uber sweet gig as road manager for the Rolling Stones’ U.S. tour. However, as with society, Cutler’s decade ended with a turbulence that would haunt him to this day.

    This curse – this albatross, as it were, was a disaster called “Altamont”.

    Much has been written and speculated about the horrific concert. A film, Gimme Shelter, was even made of the tragic events on December 6, 1969. And, while lawsuits and trials resulted, a full official investigation into what happened at the northern California festival has never been conducted.

    For the first time, Sam Cutler tells what he knows, and what he suspects, surrounding the events leading up to, through and after that fateful day. If what he says is even half accurate, the implications can be quite frightening.

    I’m not going to tell you the story otherwise why bother to purchase the book?

    As incredible and compelling of a story the whole Altamont event, and Cutler’s insight into it, are, Sam has much, much more to share. The book reads like a who’s who of rock and roll royalty. You’ll also gain incredible insight into the unique world of the Grateful Dead, whom Cutler went to work for after the Stones literally abandoned him immediately after Altamont.

    For business geeks like me, you’ll be mesmerized by the multiple stories of the rough and tumble world of road management in a rock and roll circus. It’s tough, it’s scary and it’s not for the faint of heart.

    Sam Cutler tells it like it is. The sex. The drugs. The rock and roll. It’s all there in all of its glory. So are the stories of our favorite rock icons. Did you know that they’re actually human?

    Who woulda thunk it?

    If you love classic rock and have a fond appreciation of the sixties and seventies, the Sam Cutler’s You Can’t Always Get What You Want is a must have for your library. Seriously.

    You can also track Sam via his website. He’s quite a guy who still has a lot to say.