Neville Chesters

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Neville Chesters (born 25 June 1945) is a former rock music manager and road manager who has worked with The Jimi Hendrix Experience,[1] The Who,[2] Cream, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bee Gees, The Merseybeats,[2] Stray Dog and numerous other bands.

Early years[edit]

Neville Chesters was born in Bingley, Yorkshire, England, he attended Riddlesden primary school from the age of 5 to 11, the general remarks from his 1954 school report states "Neville is artistic more than scholastic, he will have to concentrate and work harder", after failing his Eleven-plus exam he attended Haworth secondary modern, later studying at Askham Bryan College ultimately achieving a degree in animal husbandry stages 1 & 2.


Moving to Liverpool 1963, he became road manager for The Merseybeats from 1963 through 1964. After relocating to London in 1964, he then became road manager for The Who between 1965 and 1966. In 1967, he was assistant to Robert Stigwood which involved working for the bands Cream and The Bee Gees. Later on, he also worked for Brian Epstein at NEMS Enterprises, which involved various projects with The Beatles and other NEMS artists (Saville Theatre Sunday Rock Show). From 1967 to 1968, he became the road manager for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, touring extensively and internationally with the band. From 1968-1969, he worked as assistant A&R to Peter Asher at Apple Records. Taking a break from the entertainment field, Neville bought a farm in Cornwall, living and farming there peacefully for the next two years.


Chesters moved back to London in 1972 and re-entered the rock business, resuming road manager duties; this time working for Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

In Denver, he met a band (then called Aphrodite) and took them back to England, successfully procuring a record deal for them with E.L.P. Manticore Records as the band Stray Dog which featured band members W.G. Snuffy Walden, Alan Roberts and Les Sampson. He toured with them until 1974.

He went on to work for Electro-Sound, a full-service staging/sound equipment/ P.A./ lighting and touring production company

In 1975, he moved to Woburn, Bedfordshire and started a successful antiques renovation company known as Yesterdays Pine, specialising in antique and reproduction pine furniture and "collectabillia".

1990s to present[edit]

Moving to New York City in 1990, Neville Chesters started a film and video company located at his own residence, otherwise known as "The Loft". Most recently, he has been the subject of interviews and documentaries concerning his years working for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and other legendary bands. He is currently working on his memoirs about his singular career as a respected and much sought-after roadie in the rock 'n' roll industry.


  1. ^ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Caesar (1995). Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy. St. Martin's Press. p. 250. ISBN 9780312130626. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Kilmister, Lemmy (2012). White Line Fever: Lemmy: The Autobiography. Simon and Schuster. p. 55. ISBN 9781471112713. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 

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