Backstage at the Stanley Theater. From left to right – sitting David Sanborn, James Taylor, Peter Asher (manager), Waddy Wachtel, Rich, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel
The last half of the 20th century was a time of great change in the United States. The Vietnam War, women’s liberation and the civil rights movement were part of this upheaval of American society. All of these things coincided with the birth of a cultural phenomenon, an art form the world had never seen, or heard before: rock and roll. My name is Rich Engler and I was there.
As a young kid in the 1950’s, I was amazed at the music being made by Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry and Elvis Prersley. In the early 1960’s I joined a band. I was a drummer, and fancied myself as a hip young guy. Then the Beatles came along and redefined the essence of cool. Everything changed, especially my course in life. I loved rock and roll, but not only because of the music. It was of, for and by my generation.
Rich in his office at the Stanley Theater between deals.