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Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band Paperback – August 22, 1997
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YA-- Wyman, bass player for the Rolling Stones, leaves no word unturned in this comprehensive, readable, witty account of the group from its beginnings as a struggling rhythm-and-blues band in 1962 to its superstar status and the death of founder and lead guitarist Brian Jones in 1969. With the help of veteran rock journalist Coleman, Wyman turns his exhaustive diary and other files into this well-written tome on the band and the London music scene of the '60s. While the book contains a wealth of material and information, it offers few startling insights into the Stones as a group or individually. However, Stone Alone will certainly gather no moss on most library shelves.
- John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As "the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band" lurches into its fourth decade, it seems improbable that any Stone remains unturned by publishers eager for biographies and histories. Contributing to the growing Rolling Stones bibliography is A. E. Hotchner's recently published Blown Away: The Rolling Stones and the Death of the Sixties ( LJ 10/15/90), and now the group's first autobiographical account by Wyman, bass player with the group since 1962. The Stones and the Sixties have almost become synonymous, and it is on this period--from the band's beginnings in small jazz clubs to the Hyde Park concert in July 1969 two days after Brian Jones's death--that Wyman concentrates. The early struggles, riotous concerts, musicianship, ever-shifting group dynamics, financial irregularities with manager Allen Klein, innumerable problems and triumphs of Jones, drug busts, and romantic involvements and relationships are all chronicled in great detail. That Wyman, at once observer and participant in this musical and cultural maelstrom, has been a prodigious diarist is both the strength and weakness of his book. His story is often significant, as in his disclosure that Jones may have been an epileptic, but also tedious in the and-then-we-did-this approach he often employs. Essential for all Stones fans and libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/90.
- Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Most reviewers focus on Bill's account of their sexual escapades and his discontent with their financial situation due to British taxes and Allen Klein's management. The underlying theme is Wyman's own discontent with the control of the group by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. In one chapter, titled "The Unholy Trinity" Wyman chronicles the division in the group between Jagger, Richards, and their first manager, Andrew Oldham, versus Brian Jones, Wyman and Watts. The Jagger-Richards-Oldham trio pushed Jones out of the group, (who was the leader in the early days) leading to his heavy drug abuse, erratic behavior and firing in '69 and subsequent death by drowning. At the same time they discouraged Wyman, Jones, Taylor and Wood from writing or contributing in any significant way to the production of the groups' songs. Feeling stifled by this, Wyman would release his own solo album, but others would as well, including Taylor and Wood. Wyman hung in with the group until '92, when he finally left, realizing that the group most productive period was finally over. He now leads his own band, the Rhythm Kings. Highly recommended for all Stones fans!
but ONLY THIS one is personal, and this loaded with legit souvenirs, and documents of the people around them..a lifelong collection from the true inside of the band, NO LESS.
I might, someday, get thru it. But for now, just the thousands of photos and brief captions, and the random bits of info on anything and everything..seems to go on forever..just like the greatest, toughest, coolest, die-hard, GENEROUS, and just wont die..DEFINITION of Rock and ROLL. ' and go on, it does.
Yes, BILL did the Stones some righteous justice with this massive 6-8 pound 'jesse' of a chronology..Its an untouchable show of rock as art- that never stops giving ! (Holy cow I love this 'testament to the glory of rock.' This is one dedicated Stone man !.. Hey Stones men and Stones women, ! - Keep on rockin, here is the proof - rock will keep you young!)