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Cherie Nutting, born on April 24, 1949 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a photographer and musical artist manager, known for her photographs of expatriate author and composer Paul Bowles. Bowles and Nutting collatorated on the book Yesterday's Perfume: An Intimate Memoir of Paul Bowles (2000). The book, an impressionistic collage of many of Nutting's photographs and reminiscences of her close 13-year friendship with Bowles, and which also includes some of Bowles' journal entries, new essays and previously unpublished writings.

She studied photography at the New England School of Photography and at the New York School of Visual Arts. Enchanted by Morocco since her first brief visit to that country as a child in 1960, she met her first husband in Marrakech ten years later. Her first husband gave her a copy of Paul Bowles' book The Sheltering Sky shortly before they divorced. She became an admirer of Bowles' works and felt again drawn to visit Morocco. After writing Bowles about her interest in the region and his work, she began photographing him in Tangier at his invitation in 1986. She remained close friends with the author until his death in 1999.

In February 1989, Nutting married the Moroccan musician Bachir Attar, and she became manager for both the Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar, and her husband, who inherited the mantle of leader after the death of his father. Nutting also helped to arrange logistics and Tangier location for the June 1989 recording sessions of the 'Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar', and the Rolling Stones, for the song "Continental Drift" on the Stones' Steel Wheels album. She further served as a music and location coordinator for the BBC film The Rolling Stones in Morocco.

Cherie Nutting was an additional music coordinator for Bernardo Bertolucci's film adaptation of The Sheltering Sky (1990) and David Cronenberg's film adaptation of William S. Burroughs' novel the Naked Lunch (1991). Nutting coordinated arrangements in Tangier for Bill Laswell's crew during the production of Apocalypse Across the Sky on Axiom (1992). As official photographer for her husband's Master Musicians of Jajouka group, she contributed photos to the album booklets and covers for the group's album releases during the 1990s. Nutting also contributed photographs to Bachir Attar's 1992 solo album on CMP, The Next Dream, and to his 1994 album with Elliott Sharp on Enemy Records, In New York.

Nutting was one of three executive producers on the 1995 CD release Jajouka Between the Mountains on WOMAD by recorded by the 'Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar'. She served as project coordinator on the 1995 controversial Point Music CD reissue of the Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Joujouka' album originally recorded in 1968 by the Master Musicians of Joujouka who may have led by Bachir Attar's father, Hadj Abdesalam Attar.[1] Her photos were included in a 1998 book about life in Tangier called The Tangier Diaries 1962–1979, by John Hopkins.

Nutting and Attar amicably parted in 1996. The book Yesterday's Perfume: An Intimate Memoir of Paul Bowles was published January 2000, several months after Bowles' death. Nutting continues to manage the Master Musicians, helping to arranging tours and performances for the group, as well as her photography.


  1. ^ Rosemary Woodruff Leary, "The Master Musicians" Excerpted from "The Magician’s Daughter", a work-in-progress, Ed Paul Krassner, Psychedelic Trips for the Mind Reprint (New York, 2000 pp 58-62).

Further reading

  • Aiken, Stephen (2001). Morocco: The Collected Traveler. Three Rivers Press.
  • Bowles, Paul (1991). Days: Tangier Journal: 1987-1989. The Ecco Press.
  • Carlson, Jon (Spring 2001). "Book Review: Yesterday's Perfume". Rain Taxi Literary Review, vol. 6, no. 1.
  • "Cherie Nutting Discusses Paul Bowles on Jerry Jazz Musician". Jerry Jazz Musician. Retrieved Jan. 16, 2007.
  • Hopkins, John (1998). The Tangier Diaries 1962-1979. Arcadia Books. ISBN 1900850028.
  • McMurtrie, John (December 10, 2000). "A Relationship That Clicked". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved Jan. 16, 2007.
  • Nutting, Cherie, with Bowles, Paul. (2000). Yesterday's Perfume: An Intimate Memoir of Paul Bowles. Clarkson Potter. ISBN 0-609-60573-9.
  • Turner, Steve. "When Keef Met Mr. Kif: ... in Morocco's land of forbidden pleasures". The Mail on Sunday: 35, 37. April 20, 2008.

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