A wry, funny, and fascinating memoir of life with the Rolling Stones, a unique account of one of the greatest bands in musical history, to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary
“He is a great financial mind for the market. He plays that like I play guitar. As long as there’s a smile on Rupert’s face, I’m cool.” —Keith Richards on Prince Rupert Lowenstein
In 1968 Mick Jagger couldn’t understand why the Rolling Stones were broke. The man he asked for help was a German prince, a merchant banker. They forged an unlikely alliance which reinvented the business of rock ’n’ roll. As a youthquake shook the Establishment, Prince Rupert Loewenstein thrived in both worlds, never relinquishing his elegance or decorum. For nearly forty years Prince Rupert worked with the Stones as—in his own words—“a combination of bank manager, psychiatrist and nanny,” usually enthralled with his clients but often bemused and exasperated with them, too. Coolly impartial and dryly humorous, this is a refreshingly different take on the rock ’n’ roll world from within its inner sanctum.
This is a phenomenal read.
It touches on the businesses aspects of the music business, the darker sides of the industry and riddled in with the darkness is humour and harmony. You don’t have to be a Stone’s fan to appreciate the value of this book. You just need to be a fan of music.
Give it a read, it will make you think twice about the industry. You will uncover things you would have never suspected ever occurred.
Great exercise for your mind, and forcing you to contemplate what you think you know.