Stone Roses manager pays tribute to hero David Bowie in new autobiography
But then he ended up becoming manager to one of Britain’s greatest bands.
“The Stone Roses sent me a tape and I loved it. I spoke to Ian Brown on the Wednesday evening and met the band Friday evening in Manchester.
“They all met me off the train. Spent the weekend hanging out and took lots of speed. I went home on Tuesday and we were like best mates.
Stone Roses legend Ian Brown said of his former manager: “We often stayed at his house. Garry was a like-minded soul, he always wanted to be in a band, that was his whole thing, he’d put on The Small Faces Lazy Sunday or the Pistols Anarchy In The UK and sing along to it. He was a bit of a party animal but also a rebel with a social conscience.
“It was thanks to Garry that we got our first piece of national press. I sent him a tape, he loved it, and came up to Manchester to interview us. Garry predicted we’d be massive and started a one-man campaign to get us noticed.
“He launched our career and as they say the rest is history.”