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The definitive bio, 20 Jun 2012
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..