From Sam Cooke, the Beatles, the '65, '66, Rolling Stones US Tours -- Ronnie Schneider takes you through history's first mythic rock and roll tour, the 1969 Rolling Stones US Tour. He tells the real story about Altamont, December 6, 1969, when a Hells Angel killed Meredith Hunter during the free concert; how the greatest rock film of the greatest rock n' roll band, Gimme Shelter, came about; and closes with the 1970 Rolling Stones Euro Tour.
His book, Out of Our Heads: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Me with Proof of Truth, is filled with great stories that haven't been told before with some fascinating anecdotes about the Beatles -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (they thought about acquiring the movie rights to The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and includes separate drawings that both Lennon and McCartney made for Schneider during a business meeting that gives unique insight into their thoughts on Apple, the business side of the Beatles, and the author himself.
It's not only rock 'n' roll -- Schneider also produced a spaghetti western, Silent Stranger, in Kyoto, Japan, for Allen Klein as well as a Herman Hermit's film, Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter. Schneider provides stories and photos of the events.
What makes Out of Our Heads unique is the "Proof of Truth." Ronnie offers handwritten letters, ledgers, receipts, contracts, Western Union telegrams, telexes, deal memos, and rare photos of himself with the Stones in 1965-1970 to back up his stories. There's an old cliché: If you remember the 60s, then you really weren't there. This book disproves it.
"Ronnie Schneider we'd known. He's Klein's nephew but he broke away from him. He's a smart cat. I dig Ronnie. He'd been on a lot of tours with us handling business and hung around with us." — Keith Richards to Robert Greenfield, Rolling Stone magazine, August 19, 1971
Ronnie Schneider will be signing copies of Out of Our Heads: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Me with Proof of Truth at Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA on December 9, 2017 from 4:00 pm and speaking at The Factory in San Francisco on February 6, 2018.