“Joint Venture” a book by Ed Kleinman

I’m was already familiar with Ed’s name due to him being the tour manager of the Stranglers when they did their U.S tour in 78’ and Ed’s eventual move to manager in 1980-82. So when I heard he’d written a book I thought I’d take a look. I noticed it was less than a fiver on Amazon so I didn’t think twice about the purchase.

It’s a fantastic read. Ed talks about his first interest with music in the 60s via the coffee houses putting on jazz and folk bands. His break into becoming a roadie “I’m with the band”! Ed talks about experiences with big name bands like it’s just another day at the office. From sharing a joint with Ginger Baker, to working with John and Yoko, leading a 30+ man Stranglers road crew across Europe (and all the adventures that contains!) – It’s all there.

What’s also fascinating is the book’s vibe on the culture (and sometimes choice of drug!) through the 60s,70s and into the 80s.

So for less than the price of a couple of pints if you want to hear some amazing rock n roll stories from someone who was quite often in the right place at the right time then give it a try

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