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The Rolling Stone Interviews, 1967-1980: Talking with the Legends of Rock & Roll Paperback – September, 1989


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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First edition (September 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312689551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312689551
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on July 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although I admit, I am not a Rolling Stone kind of guy, I nevertheless have respected the Rolling Stone Interviews (and interviewers) over the years the same as I still respect the legendary Playboy interviews. This was the first time I had ever read a collection of interviews by Rolling Stone, and I must say that using the Playboy Interviews as a yardstick, I was very disappointed in them. I think the reason I was disappointed is that I expected a lot more.

It is a truism deserving respect these days, that Artists in our culture may be the last of a dying breed of freethinkers. They may be all that remains of those whose minds have not yet been completely "socially adjusted" (i.e. lobotomized into Americanized consensus herd-think). So, naturally I was expecting some freewheeling exchanges here that would take the reader beyond the "beaten path." However, this was not to be the case. Even from the iconoclast Bob Dylan, the interviews here were kept close to the already well-known script. Issues such as how one artist feels about another one, whether they were on drugs or not, their next venues, what they think of their older music, etc, dominated these interviews and seemed to me are the kind of questions that would have been more appropriate for lesser magazines. Said another way, this collection was entirely too "chatty" and superficial for my taste. Instead of engaging in either the intricacies of the music, or into more philosophical issues about the art itself or even about what things affect the artists lives outside of music, it hewed close to inane issues more suitable for "People" magazine than for one with Rolling Stone's reputation.

It unnecessarily made those interviewed seem one-dimensional and shallow.
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I've had this book since it came out back in the 80's, and it is by far the best anthology of Rolling Stone interviews out there. Though the magazine has published revised and updated anthologies of interviews since this first one, this early edition is by far the the most comprehensive of all of them. It's a key piece of rock n' roll history.
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