I am getting closer to finishing my book and may post the chapters I won’t be including.
The first few months I spend writing about how I got to the point in my life where the rock and roll took over. Soon I realized that probably no one cared about me. Fans would care about the Stones, the Beatles and the other acts I interacted with so those chapters went into limbo.
While I am finishing the project I may post those chapters.
In 1976, I was in Miami and a publicist scheduled me to be interviewed by Larry King on his radio show. Larry interviewed me and we spoke about my rock and roll past, but the most interesting time for me was during the commercial breaks. We spoke for quite awhile and I asked him, “Larry, you have spoken to kings, police chiefs, presidents etc…is there any one thing you came away with after all these interviews? (his old radio show back then was the same format as his CNN show was)” He said yes and stated that the one thing he learned is that we should legalize victimless crimes – gambling, prostitution, drugs. This will free up the police to concentrate on violent and white collar crimes. Legalizing drugs would cut crime by about 80% (muggings, burglaries and petty theft) as most of these crimes were done by people trying to get money to buy drugs. Tax the victimless crimes and use the revenue for eduction and clinics to help against abuse.
Segue to many, many years later, 2004, I bump into Larry King at the Wilshire Hotel in LA and reminded him of our earlier discussion. After I recounted to him what he said, he said, “it’s still true”!
Colorado and Washington should give us an idea if he was/is right.
My roommate and tour photographer for the Rolling Stones 1965 Tour has his most recent book published. Gered is one of the nicest guys that I have ever met in a world of not nice guys.
Capturing 50 years of rock and roll photography, from the legendary photographer Gered Mankowitz, including iconic portraits of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Eurythemics, Suzi Quatro, as well as some previously unseen…
While finalizing the edit of my book, I wanted to post something new so I am sharing a picture of an old car of mine.. This is the only car I ever bought that I sold for more than I paid for it. I loved to see the reactions I got when I pulled up to a local fast food (in my case Dairy Queen and Carvel) store.. Many times people would come over and offer me drugs for a ride, girls offered other things. One time when I drove from NYC to Miami, I blew a tire over the Great Pee Dee River in North Carolina. long story but I didn’t have a spare. In the pitch black of the night a police car pulled up and I told him of my problem. I didn’t have the energy to change the tire so the officer did it for me. He laid on his back on the ground to see what he had to do and he jacked up the car, removed the tire and drove me 12 miles to a truck stop where they fixed the tire and drove me back to the car per the officer’s instructions to the garage. I offered a ‘tip’ to the cop for his help and he refused. I then asked for the name and address of his captain and later wrote him a letter praising the great service of this officer. (sorry I don’t have his name any longer). One other point.. I had long hair with a head band and looked like a hippie freak but the NC police officer never made a comment.
The Rolling Stones Number 1 on the Big Dirty List Show :50 Years of Sex and Music from the UK.
Remembering Ian ‘Stu’ Stewart: The Forgotten Rolling Stone
by Dave Lifton
He was one of the most important figures in their early days, and yet he’s often overlooked in most discussions about the Rolling Stones. Known as the “Sixth Stone,” Ian Stewart served double duty for the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band as both their piano player and their road manager.
Born on July 18, 1938, “Stu,” like so many other British kids, fell in love with American jazz and blues and took up both piano and banjo. In May 1962, he answered an ad placed by Brian Jones looking for musicians, and was soon joined by the other future members of the Stones. But when Andrew Loog Oldham began managing the band, he fired Stu because his looks didn’t fit the rebellious image he was chasing for the Stones. Instead, he asked Stewart, who was a few years older and more disciplined than the others, to be the road manager.
“I’m still working for him,” Keith Richards wrote In his autobiography, ‘Life.’ “To me the Rolling Stones is his band. Without his knowledge and organization, without the leap he made from where he was coming from, to take a chance on playing with a bunch of kids, we’d be nowhere.”
Even though he was no longer a performing member of the band he affectionately referred to as his “little three-chord wonders,” Stu still wound up on every Stones album made in his lifetime, with the exception of ‘Beggars Banquet’ and ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request.’ His playing can be heard on such tracks as ‘Time Is on My Side,’ ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll,’ and he frequently joined the group onstage from 1969 to 1982. He also played on Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Boogie With Stu,’ which was named in his honor.
Despite eschewing many aspects of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, Stewart died young, suffering a fatal heart attack on Dec. 12, 1985, at the age of 47. So important was Stu’s contribution to the band that, in 1989, they insisted that he be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with them.
Hi Fans…the quality isn’t good but the sound is still understandable and I hope it has info that you enjoy…this was recorded at Livermore during a screening of Gimme Shelter at the behest of the Livermore Heritage Guild