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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241957044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241957042
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Spence collaborated with Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham on the classic memoirs Stoned and 2Stoned and is author of the highly acclaimed 2012 biography The Stone Roses: War and Peace and the recent Happy Mondays: Excess All Areas. He has written for NME, Dazed & Confused, The Face, i-D, The Independent, The Japan Times, International New York Times and Q.

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This is the one. It's the definitive biography of the band, stuffed with photos that have never been seen before. The writing feels really fresh and definitive. It's a classic (Alex Heminsley BBC 6 Music Book of the Month)

A comprehensive, no-holds-barred account... details with steely, forensic precision the story of the group's ascent, heyday and spectacular implosion. All the triumphs and disasters are here (The Sunday Times)

A forensic, detailed and beautifully researched history of the Stone Roses.... full of new stuff (John Harris)

For the casual listener, or die-hard fanatic, this is a genuine masterpiece (What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision)

This is the one Stone Roses book fans will want to read. Copies of this superb biography will not remain on shop shelves for long (The Bookseller)

An era-defining, definitive biography (Q)

A loving and detailed biog (Mojo)

Cute on the machinations of the industry and internal band politics (The Times, Book of the Week)

Brilliant... forensically put together (Gordon Smart XFM)

Simon Spence's Stone Roses compendium has it all - interviews with the Manc group's closest confidants, unseen photos and a timeline that stretches all the way back to the group's inception . . . The definitive word on the band (NME Music Book of the Year 2013)

About the Author

Simon Spence collaborated with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on the acclaimed memoirs Stoned and 2Stoned. He has written for the NME, i-D, Dazed & Confused and the Independent. He was at the Stone Roses' legendary Blackpool and Alexandra Palace shows in 1989 and covered their era-defining Spike Island show for The Face.


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Format: Hardcover
This is probably the most comprehensive (and certainly the best written) book on The Stone Roses. Simon Spence takes a level-headed tone, resisting the hyperbole that can often go along with the band. This makes for an assured biography that, on the surface at least, appears trustworthy. There are only two downsides. The first is a consequence of Spence's tone: the book never really captures the sense of triumphalism that surrounded the band at their peak. Secondly, there is very little in here about the songs. There are other books out there that do that job (Alex Green's short book on the first album, for example), so perhaps this book wasn't the place to start dissecting the material. As a biography, however, This is the One..
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Good book mostly well written though there is a section in the penultimate chapter where it was a bit "Ian Said this then John said this"

But a good book overall and good insight into the Roses (I will have to read the others now too.)

Clearly, as the author shows, the Roses did make mistakes along the way: Having a manager who, whilst a great talker and generally funny guy, seemed to lack experience of the music business and who then had them sign such a duff record deal it was eventually deemed unfair at court, was obviously not great business nor every bright. (Squire and Brown clearly did not study much business skills at Alty Grammar!)

So yes, there were those mistakes but they were eventually rectified and yet despite their rectification, after their first brilliant album the Roses managed to waste away far too many years before finally splitting up for a very long time.

I sense from the book that the Roses failing is that they had a bit of an overdose of Manc arrogance. Manc attitude is usually a great thing but perhaps they were just too arrogant and clever for their own good at times - a good example is their appalling attitude to touring in the US.

Or were they just scared that they would screw up? Did they get the yips?

Make your own mind up. The good thing is that this book leaves it to you to decide. I tend to think it was a mixture of both issues that led to the Roses wasting away a lot of talent. Or was it just that they didn't care enough?

I do hope they are not too old now to make up for a lot of lost time.
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Format: Hardcover
Fantastic. Great never read before insights, facts. I thought I knew a lot about the Roses - no I didn't!! Great timing as well coinciding with the resurrection of the band and the world tour. Saw them before they split in 95 minus rein. Saw them again last month after reading this, with rein behind the skins. This book really put me in the mood. What a great read! Buy it!
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Format: Hardcover
This is the only book you need on the stone roses.Brilliantly researched with interviews from people close to the band which reveal things even a diehard fan like myself had never heard before.once i started reading i couldnt put it down.well worth a purchase
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Great biography on the most important band of the last 20 years. It details their rise and fall ...then resurrection. Recommended reading for ALL avid Roses fans!!!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is an intriquing insight into the Stone Roses career. A must read for any Stone Roses fans or indeed any one intrested in pop culture history.
It contains interveiws and picture never seen before.
It is a easy to read,hard to but down, well written book
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this product as a gift to a friends who's a huge fan of the Stone Roses and in truth it was a good purchase, nothing was wrong with the book and it even arrived earlier than expected. However my one disappointment was the packaging, it wasn't as secure as other similar products I've bought and it could've been damaged. Like I said this is the only problem I can find with this amazing product, apart from that many thanks guys and I'll be reccomending you to my other friends for future reference!
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Bought for a friend who thought it was great.Brought back many happy memories.Highly recommended mainly for the age group 40-50
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