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  • cantgiveitawaycoverCAN'T GIVE IT AWAY ON SEVENTH AVENUE: The Rolling Stones and New York City
    Author: Christopher McKittrick
    Publisher: Post Hill Press
    Release Date: June 25, 2019

    Reviewed by: James Robert Patterson

    Christopher McKittrick has authored a must have, and a must-read book for anyone who over the years have grown up with "The World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band". Certainly, as fans we remember when an album was released, or a new song came over the radio, or maybe one of those stories about what the Rolling Stones were doing; well Christopher has given you the details behind those events…and more. If you are of that generation, that time, the era of the Rolling Stones, then you remember those events as they may have coincided with events in your own life. Martin Scorsese's quote found in the book could not have said it any better for those of us who have followed the Stones all our lives. "At different times in my life, the Rolling Stones' music dealt with different aspects of my life that I was trying to make sense of. Their music has stayed with me and been a very important part of my life over the years."

    Christopher interweaves the life of the Stones with New York City. He covers multiple venues in New York where the Stones " played, in addition to other venues around the world. He takes you into details with so many well-known personalities that the Stones interacted with, to name a few, The Beatles, Hendrix, Dylan, Prince, Hammond, Jackson and Warhol. He takes you through the highlights of tours with intricate details, of albums released in conjunction with a tour, the concerts set list, attendance numbers, famous people there, reviews both pro and con, who opened, and who played with the band.

    It’s very evident Christopher did his homework, pulling facts from many sources, such as newspaper reviews, magazines, including Rolling Stone, and awe-inspiring quotes from the individual books of Richards, Wood, and Wyman. As you read you might also wonder if Christopher had access to Jagger and Richards diaries.

    To tease your knowledge of Stone events, how about these interesting details from the book: Photographer Michael Cooper, who did the album cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, also did Her Satanic Majesties' Request. I'm not revealing too much of the book because there are 256 pages of inspiring and cool facts. A few more facts: a favorite interviewee of Boomerocity.com, Bernard Fowler, backup singer for the Stones, in 1992 was on the solo albums of Watts, Wood and Richards. A young Jagger's quote, "I'd rather be dead than singing Satisfaction at the age of 45". The mild-mannered Charlie Watts had a bout with drugs and throat cancer. And Jagger's reflection on how the Steel Wheels Tour changed the industry and how it turned the Stones from a rock band to a world-class entertainment venture.

    Fans are well aware of the Mick and Keith's significant disputes. Mick is quoted, "no fights, just disagreements." And there's Richards Rolling Stone quote about an apology to Mick, to keep the band together, "I'd say anything to get the band together, you know? I'd lie to my mother."

    For the most avid Stone fan reading Can't Give It Away On Seventh Avenue, you'll think, "I remember that, Wow I didn't know it happened like that!". And for the reader who wants to find out more details of the Rolling Stones, more intimate specific details, then this is your book. Christopher McKittrick has done a meticulous and comprehensive coverage of "The World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band".

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Rolling Stones
    Bobby Dodd Stadium
    Atlanta, Georgia
    June 9, 2015


    Photo By Lisa Nally-Patterson

         

    Last night’s performance by the Rolling Stones at Atlanta’s Bobby Dodd Stadium was one for the record books. From the opening chords of “Start Me Up” to the final fireworks marking the end of the show, the band put on a show that pleased the sold out show of forty thousand of the Stones’ closest and dearest Atlanta friends.

    When I interviewed Stones backup singer, Bernard Fowler, the day prior, he told me that the band was the best that they’ve ever been . . . and I have to agree. I do so not because it was error free, because it wasn’t. I agree because there was a sense of realness, of genuine fun and even whimsicalness amongst the band . . . especially from Mick.

    Yeah, way.

    This was my third time seeing the Stones perform. I own and have repeatedly watched their performance DVDs. Until last night, I have never seen Jagger joke, smile, laugh and compliment as much as he did last night. Nothing has been shared with me by anyone in the band or its organization but I have to wonder that there’s a greater appreciation of the lighter things of life. Perhaps since Mick suffered the losses last year of his long time girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, and his long time sax man, Bobby Keys, life has taken on new meaning. It’s his business and none of ours but I do like seeing a jovial Jagger after all these years.

    Back to the show.

    It’s virtually impossible for the Stones to play every song that every fan would want to hear during an approximately two hour show. That said, the boys from Britain served up great treatments of their classics. I got what I wanted with “Start Me Up,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” “Miss You,” “Midnight Rambler,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (with help from Emory University’s concert choir) as one of the two songs during the encore.

    I hope that the Rolling Stones are around to perform for many more years to come. Judging from last night’s show, I think they will be.

  • 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.