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The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop [Kindle Edition]

John Robb
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The band, the lifestyle, the revolution. This classic biography charts the phenomenal rise of The Stone Roses to the icons they are today, using interviews, rehearsal tapes and the archives of author John Robb who was with them from the beginning.

Robb's exclusive inside knowledge of The Stone Roses creates a compelling and intimate insight into how the band single-handedly set the blueprint for the resurgence of UK rock 'n' roll in the 1990s: Ian Brown's new lazy-style vocals, Reni's fluid, funk-tinged, ground-breaking drumming, and the guitar genius of John Squire.

From the band members' early years to the inception of the Roses, through the tours and success, their influences and style, to the demise of the original line-up and their solo careers; every high and low is documented in minute detail.

This is the definitive, most revered account of one of the most influential British bands in pop music history.

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"A must for Roses fans and musos alike." (The Big Issue)

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The definitive biography of The Stone Roses, one the most important bands in British music history

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 009187887X
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EK3ZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is okay 24 July 2005
I had this for a while before reading it and yes, it tells the story of The Stone Roses who I love but it just isn't very well written. There is poor grammar and repetition throughout and the later period isn't dealt with in any great depth.
The book looks great but I felt "Was that it?" after I finished reading it but if you want the best book about The Stone Roses then I have a feeling this is the book that you should get.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Woeful writing, great subject. 9 Nov. 2010
By Rusty
I was salivating over this book. As a massive fan of the Roses, I was hoping to get the definitive account of one of the greatest English rock & roll bands of all time.

In fairness to John Robb, the account is pacy & thorough, he does know his subject matter. However, you find yourself wondering what he was doing during English lessons. Was he staring out of the window? surreptitiously listening to Joy Division on a walkman? dreaming of rock stardom? One thing is for sure - he wasn't paying attention. The Grammar is appaling, the construction of sentences is er...rudimentary, you will flick back & forwards wondering if you are reading the same page twice as he reuses phrases repeatedly a page or two apart & makes many, many claims that just cannot be substantiated and are simply opinion - but presented as fact.

It's clear that John had a REAL good time on Ecstasy, yet cocaine is the devils dandruff - bit of a double standard there one thinks. Overall, this comes across as a fanboi account (nothing wrong with that, I'm a Roses fanboi) written by a none too bright thirteen year old in a hurry to get to footy practice. It's just not grown up enough to warrant its subject matter. One has to wonder as a result, where was the publisher in all this? No sub editors? no proof readers? No taste police? It all has the brackish whiff of a quick cash in on what was one of the biggest musical car crashes of the 90's. An ok read, but should have been a great one. 5/10, must try harder Mr. Robb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Jonn Robb writes with a very colloquial style in this book. The style does the job well - it's easy and readable and shows enthusiasm for the Band. While there are many grammatical errors and faults it's perfectly written for a music biography.
The book tells the Roses story year by year. We get a lot of detail from the early years and about the exploits of the young Roses as they form the punk band English Rose, and form scooter gangs in urban Manchester. The Roses years are told in an enthusiastic way with many opinions and memories from various wide eyed fans. The descriptions of the gigs and records sound exciting and go some way to showing what it must have been really like to be there as a diehard Roses fan. The "lost years" as the band record the "Second Coming" sound just as banal as those years must have been.
There are no interviews with the Roses theirselves in this book, except quotes from old music press interviews. This means that this is a good book from a fans point of view. This is the key - it's written by a fan for Roses fans, but there's also no real revelations or shock. Any Roses fan will know most of this already. I am certain that there are many shocking and unbelievable stories that remain untold about the Roses (especially about their lost years). But until Mani writes his own version of events (as I'm sure he will in 15 years time when Primal Scream retire) we will never know. I wasn't expecting a book full of revelation, I expected a good read about the Roses story. This is exactly what I got and this book is a very good read indeed. This is easily the best Stone Roses biography available. A good book about a great band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just bought rocks 9 Sept. 2003
By barney
why did I wait so long! classic book that really gets the feel for manchester in the late eighties that no other book has. central to it all of course are the roses- one of the classic British bands. I couldn't put the book down- t refernces all the great manchester mini scenes and people of the time and reads like it was written by someone who was actually there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 16 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
my mates have been raving about this book for years, and since its a reprint I thought it was time I got hold of a copy myself. Im glad I did, this book has it all, its written from the inside, its funny and its interesting and it totally tells the story of the Roses in incredable detail from the their punk rock youth to their rise to the top. it captures manchester of the time better than any other book i have read on the subject and is amust for anybody interested in rock n roll manchester music and a genration growing up from punk into acid house and baggy and interested in the Roses making that amazing album...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite rock n roll book 21 Oct. 2011
By Jane
The band's reformation reminded me of my favourite book when i was growing up. So I went back and read John Robb's Stone Roses book, which for a lot of us was a classic rites of passage book, and it reads even better now then years ago. there is something really exciting about an author locking in with a band and Robb really knows his stuff, there's plenty of in depth musical knowledge in here and the fact that he was there at all the key moments from the very beginning gives him a unique understanding of the band.

It would be totally pointless for anyone else to attempt to write a book on the Stone Roses, it's already here. Perfect.

Maybe, just maybe, John Robb can update it to cover the last decade since the book came out...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
read it in a day one of the best music books I've ever read
Published 6 months ago by E Macca
5.0 out of 5 stars A great starting point for the newbies
A great blow-by-blow account for those not in the know already. I fortunately met John Robb a couple of months ago and got him to sign it for me :))
Published 7 months ago by CeeVeeTee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read for Roses fans!
If,like me, you were too young know of the Ups and Downs of the Stone Roses then this is the perfect book. It details the lives of Ian,John,Mani and Reni (and others! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Corrinne harding
1.0 out of 5 stars A joke.
A truly awful book.I didn't even finish it as reading it was more painful than having pins stuck in my eyes.
John Robb is to writing what Hitler was to world peace.
Published on 30 Jun. 2012 by A. F. BARRETT
4.0 out of 5 stars Year By Year Decent Biography Of The Band
1984-1996. The early years are especially informative and you get the impression that John Robb was quite possibly present. Read more
Published on 3 Jun. 2006 by Scottish Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a brilliant written account of the Stone Roses
Brilliant written account of the rise and fall of the Stone Roses. John Robb's energetic and factual account of the Stone Roses is bang on the button and far better written than... Read more
Published on 22 Sept. 2005 by "leatherclad"
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your time!
Having returned to the Roses' two 'official' albums time after time, I wanted to read about them in detail. Read more
Published on 14 Dec. 2004 by Mr. K. M. O'brien
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one....
What a book!!!
After reading two other books on the same subject this one finally quenched my thirst for knowledge. Read more
Published on 18 July 2004 by "maninthepub"
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