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The Rolling Stones - 50. by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts & Ronnie Wood Hardcover – July 1, 2012


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The Rolling Stones are iconic, widely considered the greatest rock & roll band in history. As the most visible band of their era, their tours have consistently broken box office records, making them the one of the highest grossing acts of all time. They hold rock's longevity record: At 50 years after their first performance, with a few hiatuses but no break ups, they've been around longer than any other rock band. Even after half a decade they have a reputation for putting on raucous, hip-shaking, live shows. With 55 albums of original work and over 200 million records sold, they're easily one of the biggest bands in the world. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and have received lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and MTV. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516249
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,045,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Cappiello on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First of all thanks Amazon, I pre ordered this and it came the day before the release date. I had no idea what to expect from this book, and I have a Lot of Stones books. This is pretty okay, a big sprawling coffee table size book , long on pictures , short on stories. As a gift book it is superb. If you have Stones books you have seen most of these these pictures before. I would rank it #3 in Stones Books. Rolling With The Stones, by Bill Wyman is the best Stones book there ever was, IMO. A giant book that takes weeks to read and is put together in a way that is nothing short of fantastic. Go buy that book. Next I would say is According to the Rolling Stones. Another oversize book- forget the tiny paperback version. That too has great insight from the band itself. And in a distant third , I would say this book. If you don't want to spend the $37+ dollars fear not. I bet this book is way less than that at B&N by Xmas.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By JDub on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is from a devoted Stones fan for the past 40+ yrs. I've read numerous books and have followed their careers pretty closely. First saw them live in 72 at the Fabulous Forum in LA. Wow, they knocked my socks off. Anyway, I was anxious for the arrival of this book. Being that it was endorsed and authored by the RS, plus the 50 years, I thought I was in for a treat. Well, after receiving the book and browsing through it (you can only browse because it's all pictures) I was disappointed. Most of the pictures have been published in other books. There's nothing revealing in the captions for the pictures. Plus, I don't think enough pics or credit were given to Andrew Loog Oldham (who really molded and created the 'image' of the Stones) or Ian Stewart (the second member of the group after Brian). Plus, plus Mick Taylor doesn't get that much either. Being a diehard RS fan there was no way I would not get this book. If you are a diehard, then Yes you must get it. If you are a fan and just want a good book on the RS. Then here is my ranking of Stones books.
1. Rolling with the Stones - Bill Wyman - this is by far the best book.
2. Old Gods Almost Dead - Stephen Davis - Great details about early concerts. Life of the road. Good history.
3. Up and Down with the RS - Tony Sanchez - Great stories of late 60's early 70's life in the RS bubble. May have some embellishment for dramatic flair.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Martyn on October 20, 2012
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The Rolling Stones 50 is the most complete collection of memories I have ever seen. The photos, many of them i have never seen, are crisp and clear as if they were taken yesterday. If you are a Rolling Stones fan, this book is a MUST-HAVE!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Campbell on October 17, 2012
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I'm a new Rolling Stones fan -- even though I'm old enough to have been a fan for the last fifty years. I liked their music when I was young, but usually without knowing it was "Stones." And I thought Mick was cute, but never paid any attention to the rest of the band. What a mistake!

It took reading Keith Richards autobiography, "Life," (highly recommended) to make me realize there was a whole world of music out there that I needed to explore. As someone without a lot of Stones books, I thought the pictures alone in this book made it worth every penny. The commentary from Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie makes it a little more personal than many commemorative books. It's so interesting to watch the band members turn from boys into men, and to see how the band itself matures into "the greatest rock and roll band ever." Yes, the book is a bit short on background material, but that's readily available elsewhere.

I say, if you're a Rolling Stones fan, you need to own this book. Or even if you're just interested in seeing what the music scene was like in the sixties -- over half of the book is devoted to the 1962-69 period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on July 6, 2013
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Apart from the publication in China (leSigh), there is nothing really new in this book. So glad I waited to buy for only $10.
Bill Wyman's book is so very much better and every time you look at it, there's a surprise or an Easter egg.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannemann1 on January 11, 2013
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Having been a Stones fan since 1965 I was super excited to own this book. It sits on my coffee table for anyone who visits to enjoy. So many pictures! It depicts The Rolling Stones from their beginning till present in vivid detail. I love the cover too! Brings back many memories of 1970 when they first started using that logo. All in all I would totally recommend this book to add to anyones collection & if you are a Stones fan it is a must!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2013
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This being the Stones' 50th, etc, I expected "50" to be more than - frankly - a collection of cut 'n paste pix. Sure I haven't seen a lot of them, but it would have been nice to get some insight into what was going on concurrent with the pix. Still: you get what you pay for, and I certainly didn't pay a lot for "50," so...well, it'll be nice to flaunt on my "media (or something) table."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By art 87 VINE VOICE on December 21, 2012
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the ebook is highly interactive & the photos all expand to full screen when u click on them. a fun walk down memory lane thru 50 years. (the ipad version is sold thru itunes store).

it's this kind of that really utilizes the technology of kindles & ipads to display photos & it's a lot easier to read than a large coffee table book. i read it with the Stones playing thru my iTunes player in the background to have a truly multimedia experience.

for less than $10., this is a bargain.
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