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Rolling with the Stones Hardcover – 21 Oct 2002


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 1st edition (21 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751346462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751346466
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 3.9 x 30.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Assembled by former bassist Bill Wyman from his personal archive Rolling with the Stones is the lavishly illustrated story of rock legends The Rolling Stones. Wyman, born William Perks in 1936, was the oldest Stone and, as he candidly admits, probably only got into the group because he had his own bass and amplifier. (The electric bass was itself an instrument he'd only taken up after witnessing The Barron Knights in concert.)

He's written about his experience in the Stones before, his autobiography Stone Alone appeared in 1990 just a few months after he'd left the group. And while he furnishes little new here, it's the sheer wealth of his ephemeral material--reminiscences from group members and associates, rare photographs, set lists, album covers, tour posters, memorabilia etc--that make this book so impressive. It's very obviously a Dorling Kindersley creation and suffers, occasionally, from this reference publishers "visual information for visual information's sake" approach to design--a map of Britain illustrating the Stones' birthplaces is studded with little fire icons to show areas "subjected to extensive wartime bombing". Luckily, such clutter doesn't distract from the fact that this is still Wyman's chronicle of rock's Satanic Majesties; and as such, it's a "with pictures" tale of sex, drugs, arrests, deaths, solo projects (including Wyman's own postmodern pop classic Je Suis un Rock Star), legal wrangles and rock & roll. --Travis Elborough


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you're only looking for a history of the Stones, there are more affordable books to choose from. But I doubt there are any more thorough. Thanks to Bill's legendary diaries Rolling With The Stones offers a staggering amount of information from interesting trivia to detailed describtions of the most important moments of the bands career. A multitude of outside information has also been used, but despite of the massive amount of data the book is very readable. Every page is well thought out, the layout is beautiful, as well as the graphics.
Each tour and record release is invidually presented, but for a trivia nut and a record collector I would recommend Nico Zentgraphs The Complete Rolling Stones Recordings instead.
But as an overall Stones book this tome is unbeatable, and might well be definitive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phil Clark on 5 Jan 2004
Format: Hardcover
This large-format hardback book would seem to be the Stones' answer (perhaps at the moment!) to the Beatles' "Anthology" book of a few years back. Assembled by Stones ex-bassist Bill Wyman from his personal archive, this is a sumptuous collection. Featured are many rare and hitherto unseen photos and tour memorabilia, and a lot of the text is from Bill's own diaries. If you are a fan of the classic Stones era from the 60s and 70s, then look no further for a fascinating read. This is also a great book to dip into. One suspects that a lot of the "sex and drugs" and scandal has been deliberately left out, but the "rock and roll" is most definitely here!
One small drawback is that the book is thin on recording details, but for that you should be looking at the "Complete Stones Recording Sessions" book as a companion piece.
I don't give many books five stars, but this one definitely deserves it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a big, heavy book, with 512 big, colourful pages, all brimming with authentic history.

Almost (but not quite) everything one might want to know about the first thirty years of the Rolling Stones story is in here, carefully assembled from the memories, diaries and photos of Bill Wyman and his friends and colleagues. Richard Havers has added significant extra commentary in relevant places to help fill the inevitable gaps.

The Dorling Kindersley team have been their usual professional selves in making a very pretty coffee-table book. It must have taken them months of hard work to lick it all into such good shape. However, personally, I would have preferred a better differentiation between the copious text and the thousands of superb pictures - to see better the details of each - because the episodic presentation makes it more awkward to read. On the other hand if one just wants to dip into it, here and there, then gathering together all the pics and words about a particular facet on just a couple of pages works quite well.

It touches on many of the same events referred to in the 'According to The Rolling Stones' Autobiography, but often from a quite different point of view, and with different pictures and quotes. Wyman also offers many additional details on topics not mentioned in the others' book. Fascinating! I can see why they split.

I think one needs to have read both books to appreciate both sides of the Rolling Stones story, and then one might have a deeper understanding than would be possible from reading just this.

It really is a big, heavy book to wade through from cover to cover, but many fans might want to do just that, and it is quite difficult to put down on a first read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Wood on 23 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
An easy read but filled with so much detail. If you love the stones you'll love this book.
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By helenf on 13 July 2014
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Having encountered this book about 9 years ago in a friend's living room, I always wanted to buy it but it was never available at any UK retailers. Scouring the internet yielded this amazon listing for second-hand books and I pulled the trigger to get it.

I've been a Rolling Stone fan for over 10 years now, and I'm a sucker for rock history. If there is one group that has done so much to make the musical tapestry of the last 50 years ever so interesting, it is the Rolling Stones. Bill Wyman was there all the way until his departure and this book (along with a previous publication 'Stone Alone') help to bring his story to life. I am impressed by the level of detail the DK team have gone through just to help us, mere mortals, understand the sheer scale and scope of the Stone's history, which in turn has helped to sculpt quite a fair bit of society as we know it.

If you've always wanted to know more about the key events that happened to the stones, just get this book. That and Keith Richards' excellent autobiography 'Life.'
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