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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516249
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 3.5 x 30.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luxurious ... an astonishing record of the band's half-century in rock and roll. --Q Magazine

Rare and previously unpublished photos and memorabilia celebrate the Stones' half century ... meticulously researched. --Mojo

Rare images of the Rolling Stones. --The Sunday Times

The only officially authorized book to celebrate this milestone ... packed with superb photography, contact sheets, negatives strips, outtakes and much more from every period in the band's history. --The Sunday Mirror

A masterpiece: an in-depth account of their musical story ... these cats have got a lot to say for themselves. Definitive. --Loaded

It's unique, you know, that you can pick up a book and see your whole life before you. I m really digging it. I'm hoping we can still do enough to make another one. --Keith Richards in the Daily Mirror

That's one of the advantages of this book - people can see things that even the band haven't seen. Fabulous. --Ronnie Wood in the Daily Mirror

A trip down memory lane. The photos are fantastic. --Mick Jagger in the Daily Mirror

A handsome pictorial record of the band's history, authorised by its members. --The Financial Times

The Stones have shown a remarkable visual flair, as shown in these pictures. --The Guardian

A stunning collection. --Manchester Evening News

A roll-call of legendary photographers ... a sure-fire way to liven up your coffee table. --Harper's Bazaar

Cool ... a lavish look at the past. --NME

Remarkable. --Vintage Seekers

A treasure trove of photographs, negative strips and other memorabilia. --Metro


Will make any Stones nut smile with satisfaction, maybe even shed the odd tear. --Record Collector

Splendid. --Classic Rock Magazine

A must for Stones fans, it features over 700 photographs, many rare and unseen, on the road, behind the scenes and at home, with each band member's unfiltered perspective on a thrilling journey of 50 golden years of sex, drugs and rock n roll. --Toni and Guy Magazine

[A] hefty, handsomely presented photo-led history. --Uncut

The book is well written and the input from the band members is witty and revealing. This will give fans plenty of satisfaction. --Eastern Daily Press

This is a stunning piece of musical heritage. --Telegraph & Argus (Bradford)

A must-have tome, not just for Stones fans but for anybody interested in the chronicle of an age ... It's only rock and roll, but I like it. --RTE Guide

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andy Leslie on 7 July 2012
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Having just received my copy, long-ago ordered, I've been immediately struck by the quality of the book. The photographs are brilliantly reproduced, the paper is of a weight that the pages turn without falling back, the binding is really nicely done and the total effect is completely stunning.

If you like the Stones and you like photography, this book is for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Anderson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2012
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Credited to the members of the Rolling Stones themselves - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood - this is a large pictorial record of the group's 50 year history - well, most of it, anyway. They first performed on 12 July 1962, at the Marquee Club in Oxford Street, London.

The majority of the 1000+ pictures are from the Daily Mirror's Mirrorpix archive, though just over 100 are from a variety of other sources. There are also pictures of memorabilia from collector Ali Zayeri.

Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie have written short introductory reflections, and contribute captions to most of the picture spreads. Some of these are great fun. "I don't think `Come On' was very good," says Mick about their first single. Or Charlie on Rock and Roll Circus: "Yoko crawling out of a black bag that she'd been writhing around in on stage, only to start screaming and wailing on a song of hers." I don't think he is a fan. No picture of the black bag, sadly. There is a nice anecdote from Keith about how he and Mick became the "Glimmer Twins."

Don't expect anything too profound though. There are pictures of Mick and Keith going to court but no comment from them on doing time, for example.

A shame there is nothing from Bill Wyman, who was in the group for over 30 years, though of course he is in plenty of the photos.

The coverage gets sparser as the years go on, though of course the quality improves and you get beautiful colour rather than (occasionally) blurry black and white. The book ends in 2007, with the Bigger Bang tour in Spain, making the 50 year coverage a bit suspect; but who cares? It is the early years that are the most interesting and where the photos are more candid.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 July 2012
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The Stones have been part of my life since the early 1960's. I have seen them, watched their progress and viewed the dross. I would not have believed that Mick Jagger would be knighted when I was a teenager, but in retospect he was always part of the conservative culture, brilliantly disguised. This is as much about the other members, however, and their equally brilliant contribution to the Stones' personna. This book analyses the Stones over 50 years. Tempestuous and ground-breaking, influential certainly yes. Controversial, yes. This is a must for Stones' fans (or anyone interested in the period covered). It is well-written and superbly illustrated. It picks up on the more easily obtainable and cheaper 'According to the Rolling Stones'. However, the feelings and input from the group are far more revealing and put into perspective and explain more about the bits and pieces that add to their fan-based adulation. The music and performances speak for themselves. Great reading and viewing.A large slice of musical heritage. Love to be around in 30-40 years to see where they are regarded (unlikely). Meanwhile ,take the jump and get the book while you can.The best overall review I have come across.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2012
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This book, the weight of a coffee table, tells the story of the Stones in photographs. It certainly is a jubilee of great images. Pictures from 1962 to 1964 show a quintet of never-quite-innocent Rhythm'n'Blues boys looking uncomfortable in several decidedly ugly matching outfits. They were never your average pop group. It's funny to reflect that in those early days, despite a crater-riddled complexion, Keith (a twenty year-old Byron) was better looking than Mick! Bill and Charlie looked as if they'd been beamed down from Planet of the Much Older Louts. At least Charlie had the saving Grace of being an impossibly cool jazzer. Brian Jones seemed to relish looking the part of surly pin-up boy. It is tragic that such a talented musician disintegrated so young; a trajectory made all to visible in the photographic history shown here.

Pretty-boy pop stars of today might take note of how well the Stones wore bags under their eyes from sometimes having to play two or three distanced venues a day. These rockers earned their stripes; all the early dues-paying created the hardiest, longest surviving rock group on the planet.

This is a quality book, beautifully made and designed. My only main criticism is that the captions are often banal. A few more stories and honest appraisals would have made for much more interest. Many of us aging Rock lovers like a bit more substance along with all the striking images. I guess this is not supposed to be a book of revelations, but it certainly celebrates an extraordinary career. So put on your favourite Stones compilation and spend an evening pouring through a great, eventfull tome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arturo Stalteri on 2 Aug. 2012
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it is a wonderful book, any stones fan must have it! many pictures, since 1963 until the legendary 2006 beacon theatre concert... with comments by mick, keith, charlie & ronnie!
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