by Robert Bell
LEGACIES & LUNCH: BILL CARTER
Noon. Main Library. Free.
If you're a Stones fan and you haven't yet read Keith Richards' autobiography "Life," you are missing out on an incredibly entertaining tale. The whole first chapter takes place in Arkansas, after Richards, Ron Wood and their associates were arrested in 1975 in Fordyce.
The Stones' legal counsel was Arkansas native Bill Carter, an attorney who had an utterly mind-blowing career that included a stint in the Secret Service, working for a burgeoning little shipping company called Federal Express and helping Rep. Wilbur Mills negotiate with the State Department to allow the Stones entry into the country (they'd been barred entry after the '72 tour on account of rioting at their concerts).
Carter would represent the band from 1973-1990. He also represented a bevy of country music superstars, including Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Rodney Crowell and many others. This will be a very cool opportunity to hear firsthand from a legendary figure, so pack a lunch and get ready for some great stories.