Rikki Stein publishes musical memoirs including managing the Master Musicians of Joujouka

Moving Music – The Memoirs of Rikki Stein available now.

Former Master Musicians of Joujouka manager Rikki Stein has published his memoirs, including his time spent living and working with the group in their village in Morocco.

Moving Music – The Memoirs of Rikki Stein is published this month by Wordville.

Rikki lived in Joujouka for a time during the early 1970s, including the period when Ornette Coleman visited the village to make recordings later released on the album, Dancing In Your Head (1977).

In 1980 Rikki organised a 30-date tour of Europe for the Master Musicians of Joujouka, taking a 30-strong ensemble on the road, that included a show in Glastonbury.

In 2011, Rikki renewed his relationship with the Master Musicians of Joujouka and returned to Glastonbury, working with manager Frank Rynne and the current group, whose leader Ahmed El Attar was part of the 1980 tour. This time the group opened the Glastonbury Festival on the Pyramid Stage – a feat repeated in the summer of 2023.

The press statement for the book release said: “Renowned music manager, Rikki Stein, has spent nearly six decades moving musicians around the world, and this book recounts a lifetime of adventure on the road. Always in the right place at the right time, Rikki was part of the great countercultural moments of the last century, from Woodstock and the Vietnam War Moratorium March to the launch Glastonbury Festival.

“Rikki has toured some of the world’s most iconic musicians and groups, fromThe Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Kinks, The Animals, The Yardbirds , The Moody Blues and the Grateful Dead to managing the Nigerian superstar, Fela Kuti, and many other iconic artists.

“Rikki’s journey is also a spiritual one, forged by his experience of living among the community of the Musicians of Joujouka, Morocco, who remain a key connection in his life to this day.

“Full of extraordinary, sometimes hilarious, stories of life on the road, this book recounts the joys, frustrations and surprises of juggling logistics, local politics and the whims of his creative clients to deliver true moments of moving music.”

In a review of the book forAll About Jazz, Chris May said: “In 1971, after helping mount the legendary free concert the Grateful Dead put on at the Château d’Hérouville in France, Stein moved to Morocco, where he spent much of 1971-73 living with the Master Musicians in Joujouka in the Rif mountains. It was through being in Morocco that he first got to know Brion Gysin, with whom he later formed a closer friendship back in London. In 1980 Stein organized the first of several international tours by the Master Musicians, including a five-night residency at London’s late lamented Commonwealth Institute.”

A book launch event featuring Rikki Stein in conversation with Kunle Olulode MBE will be held at the British Library in London from 6pm on Friday, 21st June.

Moving Music – The Memoirs of Rikki Stein, published by Wordville, is available to order here