Top critical review
One person found this helpful
Boring, pedestrian: Buy Philip Norman instead (and no, I'm not Philip Norman)
on 20 May 2015
A pretty dry, monochrome account of the Stones' career to date. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but really doesn't bring the world of 60s-70s rock and roll to life. At this point I should add a caveat: I stopped reading about a quarter of the way through. However that in itself tells you all you need to know. As someone who appreciates zippy, fresh writing, at times this book was quite a slog. Now for the good news: Sandford's book was so mediocre that it made me cast my eyes around for something better. In the end I discovered The Stones by Philip Norman. If you want a general history of the group up to the early 80s and beyond, then Norman's book is your best bet. Not just a punchy, well-written account of the group and their music, but an engaging social history of post-war Britain as well. I must admit I was in part drawn to it because I'd read a previous, brilliant history of The Beatles by the same author. But yes, in sum, if you want an engaging all-encompassing history of the Stones, don't bother with Sandford, go for Norman instead.