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Out of Our Heads Paperback – April 30, 2017
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Fresh out of accounting school in 1965, Ronnie Schneider washired by his uncle, the now legendary/infamous Allen Klein, to tour managerwhat would become the most dangerous band of the era, the Rolling Stones. In afew short year, Schneider would also be working for Klein clients the Beatles,and his recollections of both bands are often pure gold. Schneider's memoirgives a nuts and bolts depiction of what the primitive pop music biz was likebefore it became an industry. He details many of his transactions with actualhand-written tally sheets from the time. The author's recounting of theinfamous 1969 Altamont concert debacle, where a concert-goer was stabbed to death,is especially vivid. From it's mundane details of life on the road to itsmagnificent anecdotes of life-threatening altercations, Out of Our Heads is a must-read for devoted Stones fans. - September 2017Music Connection
About the Author
Ronnie Schneider is among a select handful of individuals who can honestly claim to have taken an active part in the explosive beginnings of 1960's rock'n'roll. Upon leaving the University of Miami, where he majored in accounting, Ron Schneider moved to New York City and took a job with ABKCO Records. There he was responsible for handling the likes of Sam Cooke, Neil Sedaka, and Bobby Vinton. Then, Allen Klein instructed him that he would be touring with a group of boys called The Rolling Stones. Schneider would be responsible for them and their money. After accepting this challenge, Ron embarked on the road with the Greatest Rock and Roll band of all time. From there, he went on to work on the film, "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daugther" with Herman's Hermits. Working with the Beatles and producing spaghetti westerns, followed. When the Stones were ready to tour in 1969 they asked Schneider to assume sole responsibility for the Stones 1969 Tour. For this tour the Stones wanted footage to use for their European tour. This led to Schneider's hiring of the noted Maysles brothers to record the Stones' Madison Square Garden concert in "69. Schneider also invited the Maysles to film the free, outdoor concert, at Altamont. This film footage became Gimme Shelter.
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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.