In his youth, Andrew Loog Oldham epitomized the Swinging Sixties. The idiosyncratic manager discovered the Rolling Stones and produced some of their classic songs, including 19th Nervous Breakdown, Mother’s Little Helper, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday and Paint It Black. He formed Britain’s first independent record label, which recorded Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac, and for a time he worked with the Beatles.
Oldham also had a 30-year history with drugs, followed by a five-year drinking spree that ended in 1995.
“My breakfast would be a glass of grappa, a line of coke and then I could handle an espresso,” he recalls.