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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, The Who, Cream, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bee Gees, The Merseybeats, Stray Dog and numerous other bands.
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.
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
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.
- The Who’s PA: 1963–1966
- Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978 by Andrew Neill, Matthew Kent, Roger Daltrey, Chris Stamp
- Jimi Hendrix, electric gypsy By Harry Shapiro, Caesar Glebbeek
- Jimi Hendrix: the ultimate experience by Johnny Black
- Are you experienced?: the inside story of the Jimi Hendrix Experience by Noel Redding, Carol Appleby
- Interview With "Lemmy" from Motorhead - Experience Hendrix Magagazine - Winter 2000 - "You'll Never See Someone Like Hendrix Again" - Interview By Steven C. Pesant
- JIMIHENDRIX Italia agosto 2008
- on YouTube