Meet the REAL wild men of rock - the stars' managers

Martin Bailey mobailey at
Sun May 20 12:51:32 CDT 2007

 I read this article in the Daily Mail yesterday, about rock stars'
managers.  You can see the whole article here:

or just:

The article is a sample from the book "Guns, Cash And Rock 'n'Roll: The
Managers" by Steve Overbury.

The Who-related bit is at the end of this email.  But the link has a good
live 60s pic of Pete smashing his guitar too.


Stars can indeed be very difficult. But then, so can managers, those guys
who would often really like to be in the limelight themselves.

The Beatles were as good as gold for Brian Epstein, so keen were they to
make it. It was Epstein himself who was the problem, stuffing himself full
of drugs, overdosing, picking up rent boys for violent sex and teetering on
the edge of a breakdown.

When he died, in 1967, there was an inevitability about it, as there was
with Kit Lambert, who with Chris Stamp managed the Who.

Unlike Epstein, Lambert had been helping himself to the Who's royalties on a
grand scale to pay for an extravagant drugs habit.

Quite how Lambert and Stamp became so successful with the Who is an example
of how panache, style and the luck of having a songwriter like Pete
Townshend can conquer all other failings.

Because, in the beginning, neither of them knew anything about pop music or
even business. They were a couple of chancers who became fashionable in the
era of Swinging London and who made and lost fortunes.

As Chris Stamp would later admit of the drugs that were being consumed: "We
were out to lunch, no doubt about that."

In effect, the two managers were living the lives of their stars, one of
whom, drummer Keith Moon, became convinced he'd been sacked when he heard
the Who's hit record Substitute on the radio.

He'd absolutely no memory of having played on the session, although he had.
That Keith should later die of a drugs overdose had an air of inevitability
about it, too.

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