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S.t.p.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones Paperback – September 3, 2002
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"Skip this review and rush right down to your local bookstore and get a copy...reads like the best fiction." -- Creem
"The best book ever written about the Stones, if not music in general." -- Independent
"The definitive work This is fly-on-the-wall reportage of the highest order An unbridled masterpiece." -- Philadelphia Weekly, 05/24/06
"Unsparing in its picture of the calculation and lyrical decadence behind the tour." -- John Rockwell, New York Times
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A real gem this. I was also reading Keith Richards new bio kind at the same time and they are great compliments and also pretty much corroborate each other, which gives me a warm glow. Obviously Greenfield is coming from a different angle to Richards, and whilst he often writes like a non-judgemental gentlemanly observer, he eventually does put the knife in, particularly to Truman Capote and Jackie O's sister. As categorised in many a rock book over the years, the only people that survive the travelling royal court that is a rock tour are the princes themselves - the bloody band. Everybody else is in that hurry up and wait frame of mind which encourages more drug use, more sex and more depression. Perhaps the smartest man on the stones tour here was Bob Gibson, the manager who quit after about two weeks - he knew what it would be like down the road. But much credit to the Stones - the greatest rock n roll band of all time - for doing this time after time. The dysfunction has a kind of function, a method to all the madness. For all the other hard touring bands that came after - Led Zep, Motley Crue, Aerosmith el al - the Stones wrote the guidebook, all that could be increased was the dysfunction, the drug-use, and the damage....
in love march like kings,across the decadent sprawling lawns of
mighty America.Pure zeitgeist.Great stuff.
After reading this book you just wanna'play 'Exile on Main St.'
at serious volume and wish that you never had to go to work again.(Oh'well..)
Greenfield's first book on the Rolling Stones chronicling their North American tour of 1972 is far better than his recent "Exile On Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones". I enjoyed the style of writing and the bird's eye view of things that went on during the tour. I knew that the Stones' touring party was typically fairly depraved but I really had no idea of the extent of that depravity. I hate to be all PC and all that but young women (girls really) were treated as something to use and throw away. There are several accounts of young women who, while not part of the Stones Touring Party, were highly visible throughout the tour, used up for sordid entertainment, allowed themselves to be completely humiliated without even realizing it (the airplane film incident), and discarded like garbage. It's very sad the things that some of these young women did in order to be near that glittering star. I wonder how they feel today? Everything had to be cleared by Jagger and Richards, these two men have much to atone for, really.
There are some really dumb and glaring mistakes and that fact that this is a second edition publication make them unforgivable really:
For example, on page 115 Greenfield tells us about how a young Mick Taylor took Eric Clapton's place in Mayall's Blues Breakers. Greenfield must have smoked an awful lot of dope in his day. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the music of that era knows that Peter Green (who went on to found the original Fleetwood Mac) replaced Clapton. Mick Taylor replaced Peter Green. Duh? That's rock-guitar history/appreciation 101 and Greenfield gets a big fat "F"
On page 117 Greenfield mentions men in Denver washing their cars in the drive way and wondering what kind of season the Denver Bears were going to have... What? While it is true that in the late 50's and very early 60's Denver did have a semi-pro football team called the Denver Bears (almost NO-ONE in Denver remembers this), by 1972, Bronco mania had long taken hold in Denver (I was there). The Broncos were just a couple of years shy of their first appearance in a string of many very disappointing Superbowl performances (thank God they got that monkey of their backs).
Didn't this guy have an editor? Who proofed this darn thing? Presumably a member of the Stones Touring Party who was just as stoned as everyone else. Again, this is a second edition boys and girls. Mistakes like the two cited above are good examples of shoddy authorship and editing. Maybe some writing course will use them as examples.
Those two mistakes are glaring and it leaves me wondering about how many not so glaring mistakes this book also contains.