By Prince Rupert Loewenstein
'He is a brilliant monetary brain for the marketplace. He performs that like I play guitar. so long as there's a grin on Rupert's face, I'm cool.'Keith Richards on Prince Rupert LoewensteinIn 1968 Mick Jagger couldn't comprehend why the Rolling Stones had no funds. the fellow he requested to aid used to be a German prince, a service provider banker. They cast an not likely alliance which re-invented the enterprise of rock'n'roll. As a youthquake shook the institution, Prince Rupert Loewenstein thrived in either worlds, by no means relinquishing his beauty or decorum. for almost 40 years Prince Rupert labored with the Stones as 'a mixture of financial institution supervisor, psychiatrist and nanny', often enthralled yet frequently bemused and exasperated. Coolly neutral, dryly funny, it is a refreshingly assorted tackle the rock'n'roll international from inside of its internal sanctum.
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Extra resources for A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures
Now what are they like? My audience is very, very hip, and some of the young hippies are starting to dig me, I don’t know why. Maybe be cause some singer called my name on a record—do you know that guy, Sue? Right, Donovan. I think it did me a lot of good. I was in San Francisco when it first came out and I used to walk by this college, and kids would say, “There goes Mingus,” you know, and before the [Donovan] record came out nobody’d say anything. American audiences are not like Europe. But I tell you what is better than Europe is Georgia, Tennessee, the South—they are just now waking up to jazz.
Goodman: And they’ve got their avant-garde too. Shit, rock-and-roll’s been going for twenty years, as bad as it is, you know. So they got an avant-garde too, John McLaughlin and people like that. mingus: That’s good to know. John McLaughlin’s out of work? goodman: Far from it. mingus: But [our] avant-garde is out of work, man. That’s me, I’m out of work. 38 / Avant-Garde and Tradition goodman: You always said that they cut you out of work because they’re fooling people, they’re taking your market.
He was a very serious person and seriously in love with his music, a very religious man. He actually invented a new music in his so-called attempts to display African religious music. Which I haven’t heard yet, I haven’t heard him playing African. goodman: What burned me most was an article in Jazz & Pop, about five or six years ago, with some hip white asshole [Frank Kofsky] coming on about how Coltrane is the African messiah—and that’s what made me write my piece. mingus: Did he mean African or did he mean American black?
A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures by Prince Rupert Loewenstein