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The Rolling Stones: A Musical Biography (The Story of the Band)

ISBN-13: 978-0313380341
ISBN-10: 0313380341
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Gr 10 Up-Although the l960s saw the birth of many British bands, the Rolling Stones is one of the few that has seen a 40-year success as a group. Nelson chronicles the lives of the band members and their works, decade by decade, in great detail. Readers will have to wade through the many musicians who came and left before the final group was deemed the best combination. Added to that are the hundreds of venues and endless recording sessions documented throughout the book, which contribute little to understanding the reasons for the group's continuing popularity. Brief background on the musicians' early education, their developing interest in music, and the historical context in which they lived will meet the expectations of readers wanting an introduction to the Rolling Stones. The detailed accounts of continual rifts among the band members, the financial woes, the drug arrests, and the womanizing read like the National Enquirer. The group definitely capitalized on their rowdiness and rebelliousness to keep their names in the press and to excite their audiences. A seven-page time line, a five-page list of albums, and a few grainy black-and-white photos complete the volume.-Peggy Fleming, formerly at Churchville-Chili High School, Churchville, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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• Text is easy to read yet fully documented, making it ideal for student research

• Reference features such as a timeline, appendices, and bibliography make this book a convenient resource

• By placing the biography of the band against the constantly evolving historical contexts, this text gives students a rich learning experience about social history and popular culture

• Vintage photos help students visualize not only the members of the band and their performances, but also comprehend the social climate of the time



• A clear timeline of key events in the life of the band that encompasses over 40 years

• Images of the band members and their performances across time

• Print and nonprint resources for student research

• Appendices of albums, awards, film appearances, and more

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