Bill the Drummer: (from his book)

Sam Cutler

"I’m going to say a few words about Cutler here because, in the wake of Altamont, the Rolling Stones kind of disowned him—and the Grateful Dead adopted him. He was a smooth talker, a natural salesman, and he could wriggle his way in and out of stuff with a certain elegance. Being a road manager demanded all of those things—the street hustle and the handshake charm—so he was good at his job. He was also good at shaking people down, when necessary, and he wasn’t the type to back down. If you can hang with the Rolling Stones, then you’ve got your chops in that department, and you can hang with the Grateful Dead for sure. We trusted him, we liked him, and we still do." 

Bill Kreutzmann

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