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A Prince Among Stones
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Born in Majorca in 1933, Prince Rupert Lowenstein was a stockbroker for the American firm Bache & Co. before going on to form a consortium that bought the investment bank Leopold Joseph & Sons. Five years later he met Mick Jagger and became accountant to the Rolling Stones, a position he held for the following thirty-seven years. Prince Rupert now lives in Richmond, London, with his wife Princess Josephine; they have three children.

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[Loewenstein's] account of his years with Their Satanic Majesties is discreet, gently disapproving, resolutely unshockable, undeniably affectionate. "The Wall Street Journal" This smoothly written autobiography is an essential companion to all of the other Stones titles coming out in honor of their fiftieth year in the music biz. "Booklist" [A]n elegant biography that provides new insights into the Stones' financial escapades. "Publishers Weekly""


"[Loewenstein's] account of his years with Their Satanic Majesties is discreet, gently disapproving, resolutely unshockable, undeniably affectionate." --The Wall Street Journal"This smoothly written autobiography is an essential companion to all of the other Stones titles coming out in honor of their fiftieth year in the music biz." --Booklist"[A]n elegant biography that provides new insights into the Stones' financial escapades." --Publishers Weekly

Ever since 1973, when the music press reported that Lowenstein had saved the Rolling Stones from financial ruin, Stones fans have asked the question, "Who the hell is Prince Rupert Lowenstein?" With a dry wit and a gimlet eye for detail, first-time author Lowenstein fully answers that question, in an elegant biography that provides new insights into the Stones' financial escapades over the almost forty years that he was their advisor. Born into a branch of a Bavarian royal house, Lowenstein describes a youth of "liveried servants, gamekeepers, French governesses" that was actually based on "weak financial foundations." Lowenstein's "instinctive sense of money" leads to his financial success; to his own place in early 1960s British society (such as his dinner with a "miserable," heartbroken Maria Callas); and to Mick Jagger, who he had earlier met at a lavish party, and who asks Lowenstein to address the band's nearly nonexistent finances. Stones fans will be delighted by Lowenstein's fascinating descriptions of how he extricated the band from horrible contracts with their record company and ex-manager Allen Klein (which went on for 18 years); his involvement in every aspect of the Stones' touring life from 1969 through 2008; and the role that his financial advice played in the creation of the band's classic album, Exile on Main Street. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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