- 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)
The Stone Roses: War and Peace Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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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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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.
It contains interveiws and picture never seen before.
It is a easy to read,hard to but down, well written book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, revealing the triumph and the disaster of this enigmatic group. A Must for all fans.Published 16 months ago by Redmond6
Tells the story of the roses very well where the information is concerened but not written well at all. Read morePublished 20 months ago by lee wallace