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"Road Mangler Deluxe" is one of the most honest books ever written about a life lived in the
culture of rock & roll. Since the late '60s, Kaufman has spent most of his professional career as a
road manager to music acts like the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker, and Emmylou
Harris--that is, whenever he wasn't producing Charles Manson's music...or sharing hashish with
Elizabeth Ashley back in '78.
Kaufman describes his work as "moving people, not equipment," and his responsibilities as
everything from "housing and transportation to personal baby-sitting."
In the late '80s, Kaufman moved to Europe for four years, working as an assistant director for a
production company doing films and TV, doing occasional character parts and modeling. He
moved back to Nashville in 1992 and reunited with Emmylou Harris; he still serves as her road
manager. -- The Washington Post, Richard Harrington, March 20, 1994
Kaufman also happened to produce the now-infamous "LIE" album by his onetime prison-mate
Charles Manson...and has worked for Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris and others,
becoming an industry legend in the process.
His greatest credibility comes, he says, from working for Emmylou Harris. Their friendship
stretches back over two decades. -- Los Angeles Times, Jim Washburn, February 19, 1994