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LIFE:The Rolling Stones [Hardcover]

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Book Description

13 Jun 2012
The Rolling Stones formed precisely a half century ago (well, maybe not precisely-even Keith Richards, in his recent Number One bestselling autobiography, wasn't sure if the audition was April or May). And they are still at 'work - or, rather, at play, celebrating 50 years of phenomenal music and a journey as raucous as 'Jumpin' Jack Flash. "Life's" cameras were there early and have been there since, capturing all the ragged glory. The same editors who produced a bestselling book on the Beatles as well as individual illustrated biographies of John Lennon and, recently, George Harrison now look at the long history of the Stones: the mysterious death of Brian Jones, the essential push-pull relationship of Jagger and Richards, the '60s signpost that was Altamont, the later glam, and then the welcomed return to roots. There are funny moments (the early Stones with TV host Dean Martin, who just doesn't get it when the band first fails-and fails miserably-to "conquer America") and many thrilling moments.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment Inc; 1 edition (13 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603202277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603202275
  • Product Dimensions: 34.3 x 25.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, in journalism, and in telling the story of our country and our world which began with LIFE magazine in 1936 by founding editor and publisher, Henry R. Luce. They have published books on a broad range of subjects, including New York Times bestsellers "One Nation," "LIFE Picture Puzzle" and "The American Journey of Barack Obama."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
By jones
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow text, and photos mainly from the 60s. 22 Feb 2013
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Don't be fooled, this is far from a balanced representation of the 50 years mentioned in the title. I would say that more than 90% of the book's photos are from the mid 1960s, leaving the 1970s to account for 5%, and the entire 1980s to 2006 are wedged into the final few pages. I have a few Stones' books and these photos offer nothing new. An entire page is wasted in this final section for a picture of Keith dressed as Jack Sparrow's father from Pirates Of The Caribbean 3.

As for the large-print text, it's sparse, lightweight and written in that cutesy chummy way usually found in children's "learning is fun" books as if the reader is the special friend of the author, and thus being addressed directly. There are lots of "...we'll be reading about this in a few pages..." and "...our friend here looks as if..." and there are many repeated statements from one page to another, just in case you'd forgotten what was on the preceding page. This comes across as if the person commissioned to write the text knew little about the group beyond Wikipedia and simply had space to fill - and was granted very little time to fill it. I can put all my issues regarding the text into one shining example of the utter fluffy nonsense found within these pages. At the start the author mentions the sixth Stone, and asks the comparable question who the world might similarly regard as being the fifth Beatle - perhaps, he suggests, Stuart Sutcliffe or maybe Brian Epstein? Enough said.

I gave this two stars because it is a fairly decent size, it respectfully acknowledges Ian Stewart and Mick Taylor, it isn't damaged and it arrived within three days of being ordered.

If you're a fan, there's no great reason to get this. If you're not a fan, why would you want it?
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LIFE - as always, fantastic photos that capture history. The Rolling Stones are icons that continue to give joy to millions of fans and this book captures their magic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 11 July 2012
By J. L. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Although there are some photos I hadn't seen before, the narrative is written for the "Tiger Beat" teen mentality. And though the title mentions 50 years, the book stops in 2006.
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3.0 out of 5 stars review 13 July 2012
By jim - Published on Amazon.com
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Well the photos are nice. It does stop in 2006. Where's the last 6 years? It is a "SOFTCOVER" magazine not a hardcover as advertised. Probably not worth the price...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A LEGACY OF ROCK AND ROLL!" 16 July 2012
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on Amazon.com
It was the 60s, and 'The Rolling Stones' made it to the Top of the charts, finding their way to fame and fortune. The Dick Clark show always introduced and presented this incredible group of 'England's youth, where they came from, and how far they have gone. This is a Celebration of fifty years of phenomenal music symbolic to the era in many ways. They are one of the Greatest bands in the world and their music will always live on. Enjoyable and Highly Recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift 13 Aug 2013
By Cindy L. Howgate - Published on Amazon.com
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The photographs of the Rolling Stones in this book are awesome. It makes a great gift for the Stones fan in your life.
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband is a fan 23 Jan 2013
By D. Akin - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought as a gift for my husband. His favorite group, their #1 fan. The book is a great coffee table book.
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