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The first half of the Stones story has plenty of high drama (tours through the segregated South, Brian Jones's death, Altamont), which no one seems eager to reflect on deeply. (Charlie is the only one even to mention Altamont.) The more recent years has seen a long string of ever-more-successful tours and ever-less-popular albums, interrupted only by Mick and Keiths near divorce in the '80s, plus rehab stints for Charlie and Ronnie. While The Beatles Anthology offered the surviving members' interpretations of their experiences at a distance of 30 or more years, the Stones are still living the tale they're trying to tell--and they arent always the most self-aware narrators. Or generous: Wyman's three-decade tenure is given short shrift, but the book finds enough space for some unnecessary digs (Wyman has "tiny hands," we're told, and an "almost effeminate" style of playing).
To flesh out the band members' own recollections, the book also contains 13 essays from music-industry friends (Ahmet Ertegun, Marshall Chess), collaborators (Don Was), famous fans (Sheryl Crow, novelist Carl Hiaasen), and, yes, even the band's financial advisor for the past 33 years, Prince Rupert Lowenstein. Their views are sometimes fascinating (the unvarnished perspective of Crawdaddy Club owner Giorgio Gomelsky, the well-told stories of art bon vivant Christopher Gibbs), but just as often self-indulgent or sycophantic. Fans looking for an artfully designed volume of photos spanning the Stones' career won't be disappointed. Anyone seeking a comprehensive history of the band may want to wait for the band's definitive biography, which has attempted many times but has yet to be written. --Keith Moerer
anything stones, i'm all over. bought this book a while ago, haven't read it, though! geesh, what a review. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by michael s. wrobel, sr.
There are way too many books that are not written by any Stones. I dont really like the few that I have looked over. Outside writers seem jealous..! Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Amazon Adict
An awesome book of band interviews that came out in 2003, around the time of the Forty Licks greatest hits collection and tour commemorating the band's 40th anniversary (of course,... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Surferofromantica
This one was some type of cross-promo vehicle for the 2003 Forty Licks tour. It features plenty of insightful commentary and interviews from most of the Stones, except Bill Wyman,... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Brad Smith
Enjoying the story as told by the Stones. Husband cant put it down. Made a great gift. Happy with my choice.Published on February 6, 2013 by Janelle Allen
Rolling Stones the best rock 'n roll band ever. 50 years of rocking. This book shows through their own words the trails to the succsses. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Carlos Brazil
Got this book for my brother's b-day and he Loved it! I didn't see it before I sent it to him, but I got the best voicemail from a very happy Rolling Stones fan. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by C-RedNv1235
..I follow the Stones since 1963 and I find this rich book one of the most interesting...Why..??...because of the
true and authentic interviews.. Read more
I have really enjoyed reading this book. Some of the best commentary comes from Ronnie Wood. Some of the stuff that Keith says is highly amusing, especially the stuff he says... Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Master of Taste