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"Skip this review and rush right down to your local bookstore and get a copy...reads like the best fiction." -- Creem

"The best book ever written about the Stones, if not music in general." -- Independent

"The definitive work…This is fly-on-the-wall reportage of the highest order…An unbridled masterpiece." -- Philadelphia Weekly, 05/24/06

"Unsparing in its picture of the calculation and lyrical decadence behind the tour." -- John Rockwell, New York Times

About the Author

Robert Greenfield’s latest books include Timothy Leary: A Biography, and S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones. An award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist, he lives in California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306811995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306811999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 7, 2002
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A readable and interesting book. I wasn't that interested in those on the peripherals of the Stones touring party, which fills much of this book, but the bits including the Stones themselves are very interesting and entertaining. In the intro, the author says this book has been out of print since 1974, and just got back in print in June, 2002. (I just read a passing reference to it in the Nov., 2002 issue of VOGUE. First I'd heard about it.) He's there when Mick and Keith get arrested for hitting a photographer. He's there when the Governor of Rhode Island tells the chief of police to spring Mick and Keith from jail, for public safety (the waiting audience for a Stones show could riot if deprived of the Stones!). He's there to show that being on tour with the greatest rock and roll band in the world CAN, truly and believably, get mind-numbingly dull. It's an interesting inside look, by a journalist who is impressively objective. (He doesn't despise nor worship the Stones, and actually gives an interesting run down of why, at that time, the Stones actually were NOT very wealthy, despite ten years of success. That's changed since, of course.) Worth reading if you're a Stones fan.
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I read this book sometime around 1975 when it first surfaced as a highly literate diary chronicling the Rolling Stones 1972 tour of America.Basking in the reflected glory of the (then and arguably still)'greatest rock n' roll band in the world';the author is afforded access all areas,and guides the reader from bickering rehearsal sessions,through rigid security meetings and late flights,until finally you are granted a carte blanche ticket for the greatest show on earth.Greenfield's cultured and informative reporting hurls you head-first into the crazed and ruthless world of the maelstrom that is The Rolling Stones in all their sometimes heavy-handed glory.Wonderfully entertaining stories unfold throughout this incredible journey as the outlaws

in love march like kings,across the decadent sprawling lawns of

mighty America.Pure zeitgeist.Great stuff.

After reading this book you just wanna'play 'Exile on Main St.'

at serious volume and wish that you never had to go to work again.(Oh'well..)
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Just about everyone wishes they were a Rolling Stone. After reading this book, you learn more about the trials, tribulations, highs and lows of traveling across America back in the day. Tours are hard work even today, despite the advances in travel, technology, sound, etc. Greenfield takes you behind the scenes to show how hard the people who support the band work (and play). He also reminds us that even though they're the world's greatest rock and roll band, touring can be a drag. A great combination of personal stories, inside facts, sex, drugs and rock and roll. Partner this read with Stanley Booth's book "Sympathy for the Devil" about the 1969 tour, and you have a great perspective on the band and the "diverse" crew of people who help with the music, the tours, and their lives in general.
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Whoa! This is a thorougly enjoyable book all the way through.I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer who stated this is "One of the greatest rock books ever written";it's certainly the best rock and roll book I've ever read, and I actually am not that much of a Stones fan. This book could have been done as a quick, tabloid rock tour journal, but the writing is absolutely superb and fascinating all the way through, the story decadently entertaining.Bravo Mr.Greenfield!
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This book has some decent insight into the Stones tour of 1972, but it no where nearly compares to Tony Sanchez's book (Up and Down with the Rolling Stones), which gives you much more personal and intimate experiences with the band, their lifestyle and personalities.
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"I think I the only rock star never to have worn beads" Charlie Watts

A real gem this. I was also reading Keith Richards new bio kind at the same time and they are great compliments and also pretty much corroborate each other, which gives me a warm glow. Obviously Greenfield is coming from a different angle to Richards, and whilst he often writes like a non-judgemental gentlemanly observer, he eventually does put the knife in, particularly to Truman Capote and Jackie O's sister. As categorised in many a rock book over the years, the only people that survive the travelling royal court that is a rock tour are the princes themselves - the bloody band. Everybody else is in that hurry up and wait frame of mind which encourages more drug use, more sex and more depression. Perhaps the smartest man on the stones tour here was Bob Gibson, the manager who quit after about two weeks - he knew what it would be like down the road. But much credit to the Stones - the greatest rock n roll band of all time - for doing this time after time. The dysfunction has a kind of function, a method to all the madness. For all the other hard touring bands that came after - Led Zep, Motley Crue, Aerosmith el al - the Stones wrote the guidebook, all that could be increased was the dysfunction, the drug-use, and the damage....
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I first read this book when it came out, and am now on my third copy because the other two fell apart from time, rereading, referencing and cheap glue. This is, hands down, the best book every written about the Stones -- Greenfield wrote excellent pieces in Rolling Stone leading up to to his gig covering the '72 tour. He has a sense of humor, and you can't get anything right about the Stones if you don't have a sense of humor, and I mean a true sense of humor, not cheap sarcasm or nasty, snarky put downs. Greenfield's account of the bust in Warwick, Rhode Island alone is hysterical. This is a clear-eyed intelligent report on what we even knew then was going to be a tour that defined more than six weeks of music on the road. This book is not for people with National Enquirer mentalities who get stiff over lurid accounts from drug-addled parasites who didn't even have much going for them in the ol' brain box before that swallow or that snort. I was sorry to see Greenfield fly a little too close to that sun with his book on the recording of Exile, talk about trying to strip mine an experience and dancing toward the low road. He's capable of better work -- if you haven't read his novel Temple, do so.
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