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50 Licks: Myths and Stories from Half a Century of the Rolling Stones [Paperback]

Peter Fornatale
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14 Feb 2013

On July 12, 1962, London's Marquee Club debuted a new act, a blues-inflected rock band named after a Muddy Waters song - The Rolling Stones. They were a hard-edged band with a flair for the dramatic, styling themselves as the devil's answer to the sainted Beatles.

A young, inexperienced producer named Andrew Loog Oldham first heard the band at a session he remembers with four words: 'I fell in love.' Though unfamiliar with such basic industry practices as mixing a recording, he made a brilliant decision - he pitched the band to a studio that had passed on the Beatles. Afraid to make the same mistake twice, they signed the Stones, and began a history-making career.

This is just one of the 50 classic stories that make up 50 Licks. Many are never-before told, some are from exclusive interviews - including with elusive bassist Bill Wyman - and all are illustrated and told by the people who lived them.

Half a century on, the Rolling Stones are still the greatest band working. And this is the book to commemorate their unparalleled achievement in rock music.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408833824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408833827
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 17.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The disc jockey who helped spin New York through the '60s. (Dennis Hamill, Daily News)

Pete Fornatale is a great music historian and one of the best broadcasters in America. His book Back to the Garden actually made me feel like I attended Woodstock myself. I recommend it highly. (Brian Wilson)

Fresh insights from the artists make Back to the Garden an important read. (Boston Globe)

I have turned down tickets to every Woodstock there's been, for the same reason: rock 'n' roll and camping have nothing in common. If you'd like to make up your own mind, tune in to Back to the Garden, Pete Fornatale's fine history of whatever hit 'em up there (in addition to the brown acid or brown rice, whichever it was). From Richie Havens to the endless repercussions, this is the tale...and even a veteran antihippie like me has to recognize it as an indispensable document of rock history. (Dave Marsh)

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The illustrated, memorable, and rock-and-roll stories of the Rolling Stones, as they tour for the 50th year - featuring never-before-seen interviews with the band.

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By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
50 Licks is not a biography of the band. Rather, it takes 50 moments from their 50 year career and largely lets the key players - both the Stones themselves, and their friends and associates, tell the story.

The interviews are culled from archive sources as well as new ones conducted for this book. There may not be many startling revelations for the hardened Stones fan, but it's an interesting read.

All the key points of their career are covered, from the early hits, breaking America, the rivalry or otherwise with The Beatles, the death of Brian Jones, Altamont, Keith's drug bust in Toronto, the Mick and Keith squabbles of the 1980's, and onwards towards the present day.

Allowing the interviews to speak for themselves is probably a good thing, as sometimes the book does descend into the breathless adoration that you might expect to find in a fanzine or on a website. For example - "The Stones have set the standards and raised the bar at every level of their evolution. They will certainly not go out without a whimper. One final stab at proving to the world - and maybe even proving to themselves - that they were, still are, and always will be the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World!"

So, if you want an in depth analysis of their life and times, it's best to go elsewhere. 50 Licks is an uncritical but nonetheless entertaining celebration of a group of true Rock 'n' Roll survivors.
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