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The True Inside Story of The Stones
on 16 October 2013
If you want the inside story of the Stones, then you really should read this book, which covers the Jones years, together with Bill's later illustrated history: Rolling with the Stones, which continues the story up to his departure from the group in the nineties.
Bill has a well-deserved reputation for being a precise and meticulous man, so the book is often heavy on detail, some of which is superfluous to the story, which can make it hard going at times, but it is worth persisting with for his insights on the character of the other Stones, the rise and fall of Brian Jones, the ruthless ambition of Andrew Loog Oldham and the relentless greed of the odious Allen Klein.
Personally I found it to be far more revealing than Keith Richard's rambling, self-consciously "cool" memoir and a much more honest account of the rise of the Stones, telling it as it happened.
This is essential reading for any true Stones fan.