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Out of Our Heads Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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"Back in the mid 1960s, overnight, a street-smart east coast kid went from being a college student to tour manager/moneyman and confidante to the Rolling Stones. The band didn’t eat, drink, or even play unless Ronnie Schneider did his job, and this trusting relationship led to a wild adventure that would soon include the Beatles, Swinging London, and producing the mythical ’69 Stones tour that culminated in the infamous show at Altamont. In his new book, Schneider gives readers an all access pass into the most intimate spaces, from hotels and boardrooms to private planes and backstage debauchery, crunching deals, babysitting the band, tasting wine, woman and dope – this is a front row seat to rock’s last great era; jam-packed with rare artifacts and all the paperwork to back it up". Chris Epting Author and award-winning journalist
Aptly titled, the book, to say the least, is an excellent insight into the music scene of the late 60s to the 70s, its ups and downs and the pains and pleasures.
Ron managed the Beatles for ABKCO, his legendary uncle Allen Klein's company for many years and independently managed the Rolling Stones till the 70s. In 5 decades of my readings, I have rarely come across a book that is so well researched and documented - a must read for the fans as also everyone interested in the entertainment industry. A MUST read!, February 27, 2017 By Amazon Customer
About the Author
"Please allow me to introduce myself..." I did the 1965, 1966, 1969, and 1970 tours with the Rolling Stones. I produced a Herman s Hermits film, Mrs. Brown You ve got a Lovely Daughter, and The Silent Stranger, a Tony Anthony spaghetti western that was shot in Japan and Italy. I was on the scene in ye olde swinging London for the legendary Rock and Roll Circus and scouted a new Rolling Stones finale for the show in Rome. I've worked with Sam Cooke, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Vinton. I worked at Apple Records with the Beatles and was there at the breakup of the band. Rock critic Robert Christgau described the Rolling Stones 1969 US tour as "history s first mythic rock and roll tour," while another rock writer, Dave Marsh, called it one of the benchmarks of an era. I produced the Maysles Bros film, Gimme Shelter, sometimes called the Greatest Rock Film of the greatest rock n roll band that captured one of the decades darkest nights. For me, in a way, it was just another day at the office.
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Ron managed the Beatles for ABKCO, his legendary uncle Allen Klein's company for many years and independently managed the Rolling Stones till the 70s. In 5 decades of my readings, I have rarely come across a book that is so well researched and documented - a must read for the fans as also everyone interested in the entertainment industry.
I cannot praise this book enough for the incredibly detailed information it so richly provides while remaining eminently readable.
And it's different. Not your typical retread on the Rolling Stones and some of the big events that shaped our culture and have now become part of the history of Rock n' Roll and the 1960's. If you want the real story on Altamont, read this book. Ron Schneider tells the inside story and backs it up with documents and timetables that challenge and ultimately refute most of the mythology that now surrounds the historical record of the event.
"Out of Our Heads" places you inside the inner circle of the Rolling Stones as they're launched on the chaotic rocket ride that propelled them past simple pop-stardom and into superstardom as The Greatest Rock n' Roll Band in the World.
This book is filled with great stories that haven't been told before including some fascinating anecdotes about the Beatles (They thought about acquiring the movie rights to The Lord of the Rings trilogy). It also has charming stories about John, Paul, George & Ringo and includes separate drawings that both John and Paul made for Ron during a business meeting that gives you unique insight into their thoughts on Apple, Ron and the business side of the Beatles.
If you love the Rollings Stones and the Beatles, your bookshelf is probably crammed with slick, glossy books about these two great bands. Do yourself a favor, instead of buying the next one that comes out with the same retold stories -- buy this one, it's unique.