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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive bio
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...
Published 22 months ago by S. Wilson

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3.0 out of 5 stars All the colours fade...
If you are new to the story of the The Stone Roses, this is a fine starting point. It's an accurate, well researched description of the rise, fall and then resurrection of one of the very finest British bands. The problem is, if you aren't new to the subject, and if like me you were looking forward to reading something new about the Roses, you'll likely be...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive bio, 20 Jun 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 2 Jun 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE' stone roses book, 5 Sep 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definative Story on the band that defined a generation, 21 Aug 2012
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darren epstein (radlett, hertforshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I was around in 1988 and watched the Roses at the Intercontinental, Spike, Blackpool, Ally Pally et al and the memories of the days came flooding back by reading Simon Spence superb record of the band from start all the way to the reunion press conference. You feel like youve been taken back in time, back to the rows, back to the vibe, and back the 89 when it really was the second summer of love. Charactors like Evans, Cressa, Phil Hall, Steve Adge all with stories that i havent seen in any book. Jon Robb book is great, but Simon Spence is book is brilliant. This truly is the One !
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT bio!, 14 Aug 2012
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Gary Kitchen "gazkitch" (Wakefield) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Mostly Well Written, 2 Aug 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book to read., 12 Feb 2013
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars All the colours fade..., 4 Feb 2013
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If you are new to the story of the The Stone Roses, this is a fine starting point. It's an accurate, well researched description of the rise, fall and then resurrection of one of the very finest British bands. The problem is, if you aren't new to the subject, and if like me you were looking forward to reading something new about the Roses, you'll likely be disappointed.

As a life long fan of the band and as someone who was just about old enough to enjoy the unbelievable summer of 1989, I did look forward to reading this new piece of work on the band. The author had a tough act to follow - John Robb has already written the definitive work on the Roses. As a friend of the band and as someone who was right at the centre of what was happening at that time, Robb perfectly describes not only the rise of the Roses but also the chaos and the euphoric atmosphere that encapsulated that whole era. It's this colour that War and Peace is lacking in my opinion.

It's written in a very matter of fact way at times. Much is missed about the formation of the classic line up for example. The author also misses the essence of what was really happening around Manchester at the time, just how bad the UK music scene was when the Roses changed it for good and what it felt like to be around the band at that time. The house / e / hacienda revolution that marked that time in Manchester doesn't get much of a mention and actually it's really important in the story of the Roses. The reader is delivered a load of facts, there's not much wrong, but it lacks the warmth and atmosphere that Robb provides.

It really isn't a bad book by any means though. Hours of interviews with friends and associates provide a few new insights into subjects such as the signing of the infamous contract and there is some great stuff about the early recordings with Martin Hannett. There's also a bit of an insight late on into what it was like for Robbie Maddix to step into the shoes of the greatest drummer of his generation. A few previously unseen photos are always a bonus as well!

All in all, it's a really solid piece of work and one that clearly has had hours and hours of hard work poured into it. But in the end, this is only an above average rendition of an amazing story about a once in a lifetime band.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stone Roses: War and Peace, 18 Jun 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stone Roses book, 15 Mar 2014
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Item as described and service very quick. Would use this service again - it went down well as a birthday gift
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