Keith Richards once told me that rock 'n' roll can only be appreciated below the neck. He may have had a point. But after 50 years of shaping our culture's attitudes—toward sex, fashion, art, politics and business—the Stones have clearly traversed beyond the visceral. They deserve to be intellectually interrogated by a bunch of sociologists—as they are in this eye-opening book.
(Bill German, author of UNDER THEIR THUMB: HOW A NICE BOY FROM BROOKLYN GOT MIXED UP WITH THE ROLLING STONES (AND LIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT))Staubmann’s book is a choral sociological study tuned to let the reader immerse and enjoy the variety of aesthetic nuances of the venerated social artifact constituted by Rolling Stones’ music creation and their performance innovations.
(Antonio Strati, University of Trento, Italy)The Rolling Stones: Sociological Perspectives, edited by Helmut Staubmann, draws from a broad spectrum of sociological perspectives to contribute both to the understanding of the phenomenon Rolling Stones and to an in-depth analysis of contemporary society and culture that takes The Stones a starting point. The contributors approach the Rolling Stones from a range of social science perspectives including cultural studies, communication and film studies, gender studies, and the sociology of popular music. The chapters in this volume focus on the question of how the worldwide success of the Rolling Stones over the course of more than half a century reflects society and the transformation of popular culture.
About the Author
Helmut Staubmann is professor for social theory and cultural sociology and dean of the School of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His research focuses on questions of aesthetics and society.