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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: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is a thorougly enjoyable book all the way through.
William Donnelly
They fill chafing dishes to the brim of steaming lobster tails and place bowls of drawnt butter where they'll be easy to reach.
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It's a must-have for anyone wanting to read about the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band In The World at the height of their powers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful 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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By k.west on July 29, 2006
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Surferofromantica on January 24, 2012
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Greenfield also wrote a book about the Stones' Exile on Main Street sessions, a flawed tome about a fascinating moment in rock `n' roll history (perhaps the most fascinating). And while that book has been derided and mocked somewhat, I somehow learned more about the Stones in it than I did in this book, which I had high hopes for but which ultimately disappointed me with its shapelessness and its many, many "who cares moments".

The book hardly features the Stones, going more into the setup of touring, the mechanics of it, the madness, the insanity, the transportation and some of the parties. In this way, it's a bit like some sort of nutty rock `n' roll staging Apocalypse Now, complete with its very own new journalism McGuffin. There are a few incidents recounted, such as a scuffle with a photographer and an arrest in Rhode Island as Boston burns (the book's most dramatic, feel-good moment). There's the opening of the tour in Vancouver, the dates in San Francisco and hanging out with Bill Graham (who Greenfield has also written a biography of), there's encounters with kids queuing up to buy tickets and girls like Cynthia and Jo-Ann, who are hitch hiking between shows; there's the boredom and insanity of being in the middle of nowhere and there's groupies like Renee being set up for the risque parts of the film that Robert Frank is making during the tour - hey, he gets as much screen time as any of the other principals. Greenfield quotes Charles Bukowski, on Mick Jagger, in the LA Free Press:

He tried. And he was wonderful. He spilled more blood on that floor than a five thousand-man army but he didn't make it. He'd been tricked into acceptance... He was tired. He was too much money in. He was too famous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hunter on January 26, 2013
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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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Donnelly on February 27, 2008
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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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