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‘an Insider’s View: Touring With The Rolling Stones’

Story: Donna Roberts
Jul 24, 2019
‘An  Insider’s View: Touring With The Rolling Stones’
Local literary emporium, Wilbury’s Books and Bits, will host an intimate and exclusive evening with former Rolling Stones tour manager and author, Sam Cutler.

Sam describes himself as a people person, so is looking forward to sharing and swapping stories of life on the road, with event attendees at the August event.

“That’s the thing about being a tour manager – if you don’t enjoy meeting people, you can’t do it,” Sam said.

“People tell me about their first experiences with the Rolling Stones – seeing them live or introducing their own kids to the music.”

Sam recounts a dinner in London, early in his career, with Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones, which he will never forget.

“I saw this guy meaningfully holding an autograph book for Charlie to sign and I put my hand up and said, ‘Whoa mate, we’re having dinner here! Can you come back a bit later?’ but Charlie said ‘It’s okay’ and signed the autograph,” Sam said.

“Charlie turned to me and said ‘Don’t forget - that’s the guy who’s paying for dinner’ and I never forgot that.

“The fans are the most important thing.”

Sam’s life on the road will definitely provide a colourful backdrop to his storytelling, during the event celebrating his book ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.

“I’m looking forward to being there. I promise to tell lots of naughty stories,” Sam said.

Sam’s music tastes are not stuck in the 60s or 70s though.

“I love flamenco, African, early’s a huge field – music is a broad church,” Sam said.

“When you’re walking into a garden that has 2000 flowers in it, it’s a bit perverse to only be there to look at the roses.”

The event will feature a live reading by Sam followed by a Q&A session and an acoustic set from Brisbane singer/songwriter, Jackie Marshall, as well as refreshments.

If you are keen to attend, book in via the event listing on the Wilbury’s Books and Bits Facebook page. 

An Evening with Sam Cutler

Saturday 24 August, 6pm
Wilbury’s Books and Bits
13 Redcliffe Pde, Redcliffe

Tickets: $56
(including a signed book)