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Stone Free
By Andrew Loog Oldham
(paperback) $19.99

Former manager of the Rolling Stones (at age 19!), the legendary ALO has now written the third part of his “triography.” Oral-history in style, it delivers an insightful and sometimes jaundiced look at the “pimpresarios” and hustlers that inspired him as a youth (Serge Diaghilev) and those he would work alongside in the ‘60s (Don Arden, Albert Grossman, Phil Spector). The book also provides Oldham’s fascinating first-hand takes on managers Brian Epstein (Beatles), Kit Lambert & Chris Stamp (Who) and Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols), and artists Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend and many more. Best of all is the author’s unique, insider’s angle on the infamous, enigmatic Allen Klein with whom he was connected for decades. In Stone Free, Oldham, who’s remained active in the industry (most recently as a Sirius XM Radio DJ), offers unique insights about the peculiar relationship between artists and their chosen representatives. As entertaining as it is informative, the book offers essential advice for any current or wannabe artist rep.