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The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 16, 2010
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About the Author
Greg Kot has been the Chicago Tribune's rock music critic since 1990. He co-hosts the nationally syndicated rock 'n' roll talk show Sound Opinions (soundopinions.org) on public radio and is the author of Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: The Digital Music Revolution.
Jim DeRogatis is the former pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, co-host of Sound Opinions, and the author of several books about music and culture, including Velvet Underground (Voyageur Press) and Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs.
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My problem is that Sound Opinions is more like a longer magazine article with a lot of photos (albeit some great ones) than an expensive hard cover book. Also, I'm not sure that anyone who didn't grow up with these two groups will enjoy all the debates over trivia. As I was a teen in the 60's, I saw this tome as looking back on part of my life with a nostalgic smile. This may not be so for someone born after 1980 or so who is beyond the cultural influence of the 60's and early to mid-70's. And, as mentioned, this book is very pricey.
I also was at the Soldier Field show referenced whereby it was claimed the Stones played all but one of the songs from the "Some Girls" album that day. To my fading memory, this is inaccurate as they did not do "Some Girls", "Before the Make Me Run" or "Lies". Another misstep is the Keith Richards - The Human Riff best of list - Taylor, not Keith, played the riff/rhythm on Bitch. And the words to "Before They Make Me Run" are wrong - the verse ends with house, not with "that I can see".
Speaking of Keith/Taylor/Sticky Fingers and detail you'd like to see covered, while both Sway and Moonlight Mile are covered in the book to some degree, especially Moonlight, there's no mentioned that Keith did not play on either song. Last, while this is really a stretch, there is some dispute as to whether Watts played from start to finish on "Tumbling' Dice" as it's thought Jimmy Miller played the outro section while Charlie played up until the change in tempo at the end. Yes, a few very nit picky points, but you'd expect this type of detail/tidbit/discussion covered from such quality critics on a book dedicated to the Stones (and Beatles).
As for the Beatles material, I leave that up to the Beatles fans as my vote obviously goes to the Stones.
The authors do not shy from expressing strong opinions but only rarely provide us with any insight for the basis. Many are plain surprising and cast doubts on the authors being discriminate music lovers. Serious fans of either group should look elsewhere for informed opinions.
The kindle version that I purchased has well done photos that can be enlarged to full ipad screen without loss of resolution. This should impress your guests gathered aroung the coffee table.