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The Rough Guide to The Rolling Stones 1 (Rough Guide Reference) Paperback – October 2, 2006

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About the Author

Sean Egan is a journalist specialising in popular music and tennis. He has written for, Billboard, Billboard.com, Classic Rock, Discoveries, Goldmine, Record Collector, RollingStone.com, Serve And Volley, Sky Sports, Tennis World, Uncut and Vox. He is the author of books on The Verve, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, The Creation, songwriters and The Rolling Stones (The Making Of Let It Bleed – MQ Publications; 2005)
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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Reference
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (October 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843537192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843537199
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Morris on December 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Rough Guide series is ambitous, to say the least. For an author to teach a reader ALL there is to know about a band that's literally been around since most of us were babies is a daunting task. What to put in? What to leave out? Magically, the author has done a pretty darn good job covering the greatest rock and roll band of all time (minus one in my opinion, as I give the Beatles a slight edge). From the beginnings to the present, every album, every song, every relationship, is covered. Sidebars contain useful information on topics such as the difference between rock and roll and rhythm and blues and put the RS story in historical context. This is an excellent reference guide for a casual listener as well as someone who owns most of the Stones material, as I do. And though I think the author is unduly harsh in his assessment of the Stones' modern works, I can respect his opinion as someone who has obviously done his homework. Lots of good photos and illustrations augment this text. A fun book that would make a great gift for any Stones fan. I guess I'll have to go out and buy the Beatles Rough Guide now.

Four and a half stars. Recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Egan is a thoughtful, expansive writer when tackling the phenomena of the Stones, from their humble beginnings as a low-key blues band at Alexis Korner's get-togethers to world-conquering Rock Gods. He provides an album-by-album guide, writes detailed summaries of fifty of his favorite tracks, and provides an interesting guide to people in places in their lives, from prominent blues influences and girlfriends to the lowliest engineer. He only falters by uniformly condemning their work from Steel Wheels on when it occasionally deserves better, claiming an eight-year recording gap between Bridges to Babylon and A Bigger Bang, when in fact they recorded over forty new tracks and included a number of them on the Forty Licks greatest hits compilation in 2003, and his claim the Stones never came up with an album similar to Bob Dylan that tackled the dilemmas of aging a la Time Out of Mind, when in fact Voodoo Lounge fits the bill quite nicely. Philip Norman may be a more stylistic writer and Chris Sanford a more minimalist wit, but in all this the best Stones book for a solid summation of their career to 2006.
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I bought this in Chicago about four years ago and read most of it on the flight back to DC. That illustrates how well readers can dip into this book on public transportation, a plane, the bath tub, by the pool, etc.

It was by no means my first book on the Stones yet I still learned a lot, so this will still appeal to those who think they know a lot about the Stones. And for diehard Stones junkies, it's a perfect gift to give to convince Stones newbies why this is still "the greatest rock & roll band in the world."

My only complaint--and it's a minor one--is that there's a certain English snarkinees and way too many jabs at America, which in many ways, is the country that made the Stones. Why do I see this time and time again from British writers? It's a sort of immature defensiveness that's highly irritating.
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