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A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures [Format Kindle]

Prince Rupert Loewenstein
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In 1968 Mick Jagger couldn't understand why the Rolling Stones had no money. The man he asked to help was a German prince, a merchant banker. They forged an unlikely alliance which re-invented the business of rock'n'roll. As a youthquake shook the Establishment, Prince Rupert Loewenstein thrived in both worlds, never relinquishing his elegance or decorum. For nearly forty years Prince Rupert worked with the Stones as 'a combination of bank manager, psychiatrist and nanny', usually enthralled but often bemused and exasperated.

Coolly impartial, dryly humorous, this is a refreshingly different take on the rock'n'roll world from within its inner sanctum.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Ridiculement snob 25 mars 2013
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J'espérais des révélations sur le côté business des Stones (litige avec Allan Klein, contrats, tournées etc.). Mais en fait il ne s'agit que du nombrilisme d'un noble, très fier de sa lignée, et qui ne raconte quasiment que des histoires sur sa famille. Il avoue détester le rock et ne révèle rien d'intéressant pour les fans des Stones. A se demander pourquoi Jagger s'est dit choqué que son banquier ne respecte pas son devoir de confidentialité. En fait, il le fait si bien qu'on s'ennuie à mourir (j'ai sauté toutes les pages qui relèvent de sa biographies et de sa généalogie).
A éviter d'urgence. Ce banquier s'est fait suffisamment d'argent au cours de ces dernières 40 années à vivre au crochet des Stones (qui eux, lui doivent quand même une organisation essentiellement tax free...).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not your normal Stones tell-all 5 octobre 2013
Par Steve Schudin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Prince Rupert is likely the last member of the Rolling Stones inner circle to write a book or to have a book written about him (I just found an autobiography by Bobby Keys on Amazon. A small biography was written several years ago about Charlie Watts, for which Charlie offered not the slightest cooperation or participation).

This is far from being another typical rock-n-roll autobio. I am a nearly lifelong Rolling Stones fan. My earliest musical memory is of my uncle powering up an enormous and very '70's stereo and then putting on 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out'. I was instantly hooked! That being the case, I've read quite a few of the Stones bio's that are of the normal, "shoot-heroin-and-bang-groupies" variety.

This book offers a very different view of the band and the music industry in general. Prince Rupert was a very unlikely candidate for the job that he undertook as the Stones financial adviser, but they should be damned thankful that he did! This is due to the fact that Prince Rupert was not already a "music industry guy". If he had been, then today the Stones would be nearly broke like so many other musicians whose finances were sloppily managed. As it happened, Prince Rupert was a merchant banker in "The City", or London's financial district. He was also a man whose integrity was as well-formed as his snobbery. Again, the Stones were lucky to find him!

Rupert tells many stories about purging the Stones affairs of the corrupt practices that were the music industry norm at that time (graft, disappearing cash, side deals being made without the artist's full knowledge or understanding, contracts worthy of Caligula). He also explains how he was instrumental in cleaning up the industry's practices and raising the bar for music business management. The longevity and ongoing success of the band and Rupert's behind-the-scenes business dealings worked in tandem with one another very well and for a long time.

Another standout is Rupert's sense of humor, which is dry and English almost beyond belief! Without ever having met the man, just reading the book is enough to convince one that Rupert is the epitome of the unflappable Englishman, perhaps even more than he realizes.

Do be aware that there are sizable portions of this book that do not involve the Stones. The band is one of many characters this time, as opposed to being the entire book like they normally are. Some portions of the book are more Masterpiece Theater than rock-n-roll, but very amusing all the same.

Other musicians appear as well. One brief encounter with Cat Stevens (at that time very recently recast as Yusuf Islam) is hilarious and yet another platform for Rupert's laconic wit. A fascinating read all around!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Memoir from the Business Manager of the Rolling Stones 30 juillet 2013
Par Tom Keoughan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The first sixty pages are a rather tedious slog through Lowenstein's royal family history, his upbringing and the "la dolce vita" lifestyle of his early business career. The whole thing could have been condensed to twenty pages, but it is his book, so I suppose that it's fair to let him tell us who he is. Also, knowing his background does give us a much fuller picture into both his relationship with and work for The Rolling Stones.

Mick Jagger brought Lowenstein in to look at The Stones' business affairs when, despite being one of the most popular music groups in the world, they were near financial ruin. After analyzing the situation, his first task was to gain a release from their contract with Decca Records. He also had to resolve an abusive relationship and tangle of contracts involving former manager, Allen Klein, which had led to them owing a huge tax bill while having little actual money.

Lowenstein secured a new recording contract with Ahmet Ertegun and Atlantic Records for what would be the monster album "Sticky Fingers." It was also Lowenstein who, for tax reasons, advised The Stones to leave the UK and decamp to the South of France where they recorded "Exile on Main Street." He also reorganized the economics of touring which grew to the huge moneymaker that it remains to this day.

One would have liked more detail on exactly how various legal negotiations were hammered out, as well as more specifics on how the dollar amounts and percentages were arranged in the great Stones moneymaking machine. That said, Lowenstein was their loyal business manager for some forty years, so I don't think we should expect him to air the particulars of his client's business in public.

On the whole, it's an enjoyable read, perhaps mainly because of "the Prince's" overall affability and breezy tone. It's also a quick read at 233 pages, which to Lowenstein's credit is probably exactly the right length.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Accountants apply here 26 mars 2013
Par B. Johanson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is perhaps an accountant's view of rock and roll. Rupert is a snob, a poor observor and no storyteller. I'm not sure who he is writing for - not for financial people because his halting depiction of the financial aspects conveys nothing; not for the fans because there is nothing new -- who?
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 More than you want to know about Prince Rupert 7 avril 2013
Par James Adams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Prince Rupert's book about the Rolling Stones was a bit of a letdown for me. I'm a lifelong Rolling Stones fan and have read many of their books and I would have to put this one down at the bottom. Prince Rupert is far more interested in name-dropping and describing his own uninteresting history than he is writing about the Stones.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Ego Mania 7 mai 2013
Par carbonate - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a quite dreadful book. The author spends about a third of the book talking about his thoroughly uninteresting family. Some of the stories about the Stones are interesting hence 2 stars for two-thirds of the book (the other third is frankly in minus territory). This feels like a wasted opportunity and is to be avoided.
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