- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Export edition (31 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857201034
- ISBN-13: 978-0857201034
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years Paperback – 31 Mar 2012
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"Sandford's emphasis on accuracy . . . is impressive." --"Seattle Times" on "Polanski"
About the Author
Christopher Sandford has been a professional writer for 30 years and a frequent writer about the Rolling Stones for 25. He has published 17 previous books and is the only writer to have written biographies of both Mick Jagger, 'the classic biography' (The Times) and Keith Richards 'Sandford's affectionate, warts-and-all portrait of Keith is undoubtedly the best read' (Charles Spencer, Sunday Telegraph)
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Top Customer Reviews
Any story of the Stones is really about the great creative force of Jagger and Richards, and how they have sustained the band despite the great differences in their own personalities. The other players - Jones, Watts, Wyman, Taylor, Wood - and their part in the history are also well documented in the book. Interesting stories on managers, wives and girlfriends, supporting musicians, drug dealers, groupies, and assorted hangers on makes it difficult to put the book down.
The big business side of the Stones is fascinating. Their legend and wealth continues long after their creative peak thirty years ago.
All the main episodes are well known and evocatively described here: the band's stellar rise from a club blues outfit to 60s anti-establishment heroes for a whole generation, the drug excesses and the Redlands trial, the death of Brian Jones, business disputes with Allen Klein and Decca, Hyde Park and Altamont, the mid period Mick Taylor classic albums and iconic US tours, tax problems, Nellcote, Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, the arrival of Ron Wood, Keith's scrapes with the law and descent into smack, Mick's marriages and women trouble, Wyman's romantic escapades with nubiles and departure from the band, the 1980s over the top tours and duff albums, Mick and Keith's bitching and backbiting which continued well into the 1990s and noughties and, finally, sitting at the back, Charlie Watts' deadpan nonchalance about the whole shenanigans.
Basically, it's a cracking page turner which makes you wonder why most of the protagonists are still alive and rocking.
The book's only let down is not having any pictures through the book.
Also I think a lot more should have been written about the most iconic albums the stones recorded.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good, but not as good as expected. So many books have been written about The Stones and I have read better, biographys of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards are well worth a read more... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. S. Golby
For Stones fans. Much I had read before but at least it's consistent. A good record of their 50 years , starring the Glimmer twins with bit parts played by Bil, Charlie, Brian et... Read morePublished 16 months ago by iloveshoes
it is quite hard to follow the story cause of the writing, but you can see that the author knows what he is writing about.Published 17 months ago by Johanna Siljehagen