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Brian Jones : The Last Decadent Paperback – July, 1999


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An intelligent, lyrical exploration of Jones's complex psyche and persona.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Books; 1 edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871592712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871592719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Robert Weingartner on September 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
It's amazing that no one has ever written a really good book about the Rolling stones founder Brian Jones. I myself have been a Brian Jones fan for over twenty years and during this time there have been seven books written about him and only one book was decent. Jeremy Reed's book is filled with unfounded rumours that Brian Jones was forming a supergroup with both John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, and that he was murdered. Now there's another new unfounded rumour. Brian Jones was a bisexual because he wore womens hats and jewelry. Okay. If you like tabloid books you will love this one. The author did absolutely no research, he interviewed only one person that knew Brian Jones, and takes most of his information from other tabloid biographies about Brian Jones. I suggest DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By glenrue on October 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the worst book about Brian ever. It is a thesis and the author's opinions. It is based on Nicholas Fitzgerald's book that was fiction and embellishment! There are better and more current books about Brian's murder. As far as the author projecting that Brian was bisexual or repressed that is nonsense! People alluding to that only want to sell books because sensationalism sells. When Brian was arrested for cannabis he was made to take a psychological profile - the results of which were disclosed, stating that he was HETEROSEXUAL. Many other men dressed in the dandy fashion of the time that Brian made famous and they weren't written about and compared to Lord Byron or the complex Oscar Wilde. When he was kicked out of England for impregnating a girlfriend at sixteen and went to Germany, Scandanavia etc. his parent's sent him money and many women cared for him, along with singing on corners for change. Mr. Reed would have you believe Brian hustled for men to support himself... Ridiculous and not factual!! He was there for barely 3 months, when his money ran out he went home. Brian himself told his friends about those days and hustling was not a part of them, I'm tired of people trying to cast aspersions on his sexuality, when former girlfriends and many friends including former bandmate Bill Wyman state emphatically Brian was straight. Also many poets and musicians, celebs in the 60's supported the gay rights movement, it didn't mean they were. Brian has children and grandchildren and I'm sure they don't like hearing him being trashed and lied about in order to sell books. He was no saint and he was not always nice to his girlfriends nor the best father, but he was very young (remember he died at 27, but deserves better than this book).Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By an honest reviewer VINE VOICE on November 5, 2007
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This book is satisfactory , no more than that.
It deals with other decadents from way long ago most frequently Oscar Wilde.
Reading about Brian Jones was the purpose of my purchase.
I really didn't want to read about Oscar Wilde and the comparisons between the two.
If you are interested in reading about decadents of long, long ago and Brian Jones as well, then this thin book is ideal for you.
If you are only interested in reading about Brian Jones, pass on this book.
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18 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Buy this book and re-imagine Brian Jones & The Stones through the unique mind of Jeremy Reed.
This book on Brian Jones is not "a fine piece of accurate journalism"; but then Jeremy Reed is not a journalist but rather a poet. This is a fine poetic imagining by a sympathetic spirit. And it is probably worth remarking that Jeremy Reed's poetic intuition, after 30 years living at the heart of London's underground and creative community, may be a hell of a lot closer to the "truth" then anything a journalist could possibly say.
For me, Reed is among the great writers of our fin de siecle and JG Ballard, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kathleen Raine, John Ashberry, David Gascoyne and the late James Merrill have all said so. Sadly, while Reed has a devoted following among our best writers, at present many ordinary readers still don't know his work. So if you are new to Reed, here is a little bit about him.
Jeremy Reed has published more than 40 major works in under twenty years. He has written more than a dozen books of poetry, as many novels, and several volumes of literary criticism. Jeremy Reed is also a fine music critic and a most unique and imaginative biographer. His full-length studies on Lou Reed, Mark Almond and Scott Walker are respected, highly personal and profoundly considered; in each case these living artists prefer Reed's work to all others. He has also written on jazz singers, and particularly torch singers, for whom he has a special sympathy. He is particularly good on Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, and his essay The Angel in Poetry examines the unique connections between poetry, singing and the human voice.
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Don't waste your money on this book.

I'm a Brian Jones fan, and have been since the early days of the Stones. This book is based on no facts, just the writers opinion.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2000
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I am sure Brian Jones would have been amused and delighted to be compared to figures as Oscar Wilde and a decadent tradition. This book makes a refreshing change to the biographical books we have seen published on Jones in the last 30 years and has not pretended to be anything else than a thesis on Jones. It was an enjoyable read that pointed out some interesting theories which perhaps are not without foundation or beyond the realms of possibility.
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