Road Mangler Deluxe

By Phil Kaufman With Colin White
White Boucke Publishing
ISBN 0-9625006-5-8
Copyright 1993

If ever there were a superhero of rock and roll, Phil Kaufman would be his name. This Executive Nanny of the stars proves that his superstar name dropping abilities could even give Pamela Des Barres a run for her money. Being the Road Manager (A.K.A. Road Mangler) for The Rolling Stones, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker, Carlene Carter, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Etta James, Jonathan Richmond, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Marianne Faithful, The Divynals, Marty Stuart, Nash Ramblers and others piles up one enormous helping of his desperately clever road dog sarcasm. Phil’s tongue sharp from fast talking and his wit even sharper prove that with enough tongue wagging and a bushy enough mustache, one can hide even the largest shinola eating grin. With detailed recounts of the life, death and post mortem theft of Gram Parsons as recalled by those who were there shed some light on the same dark stories that all Gram fans are familiar and finally lay to rest the mystery of Gram’s last days. This book contains more Gram Parsons info and more genuine believe-it-or-not humor than anyone expected to find in this decade.

Phil Kaufman, the one and only Road Mangler Deluxe tells any and all disbelievers to “PH KAUF” in his book now considered a must read for any GP collector. From this day forward you will now mention Phil Kaufman whenever you mention Ben Fong-Torres and Sid Griffin.