CAREER CHAT: Sam Cutler outside Bangalow Music and Books.
CAREER CHAT: Sam Cutler outside Bangalow Music and Books. Christian Morrow

Grinspoon muso to speak at Byron School of Art

ROCK and roll aficionados are in for a treat next week at a literary event that will see Grinspoon guitarist Pat Davern in conversation with legendary rock and roll tour manager Sam Cutler.

The two will discuss Mr Cutler's life and career at 6.30pm on Thursday, June 4, at the Byron School of Art teaching space next door to Bangalow Music and Books, the shop Pat and Katya Shiel opened late last year.

During the late 1960s and '70s, Mr Cutler was on the road with bands including the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead, and his experiences are the subject of his book You Can't Always Get What You Want.

Tickets cost $15 (pre-sale) or $20 (at the door). Refreshments will be provided.

For bookings phone 66871592.

On the classic live Stones album Get Yer Ya Yas Out, it's Mr Cutler who intones those immortal words: "Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest rock and roll band in the world, the Rolling Stones."

Mr Cutler is having chemotherapy and radiation treatment for lung cancer and money raised from the literary event will go towards funding his treatment.

But he remains upbeat, looking forward to discussing rock and rolls past and future.

"It will be a broad overview of the music business and how people of my generation helped it evolve," he said.

Not only will Mr Davern and Mr Cutler talk about music, they will also discuss the art of writing about music.

"I have done this a few times in different countries around the world and it is nice just to go with the flow and it often becomes quite writer-ly," Mr Cutler said.

And as for that one defining rock and roll moment, Mr Cutler cites the Stones' 1969 tour of the US that climaxed with their notorious show at the Altamont Speedway, where one fan was murdered by Hells Angels.

"If you listen to the soundtrack of Gimme Shelter you can hear the Stones actually playing for their lives in that one," he said.

The night will also feature a live musical performance by ME Baird, audience Q & A, and book signing.



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