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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, buy it, 25 Oct 2011
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P. A. Grimwood (England) - See all my reviews
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Simon really knows his stuff about the sixties, from the music to the counter culture. This book provides a fascinating insight into pop culture at the time, and the upheavals in society during the swinging sixties.

As always his historical research is exemplary, drawing on previously unpublished resources he paints a vivid picture of events as they happened. With interviews with a wide range of the participants he draws on unique sources of personal history to enliven the account.Read the story behind the headlines as it happened.

All in all it is a fascinating account which would interest anyone who wants to read about the sixties, Rolling Stones fan or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly On A Wheel - The Great Rolling Stones Drugs Bust, 8 April 2012
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Great Rolling Stones Drug Bust (Kindle Edition)
Even today, newspapers give a lot of column space to the behaviour and use of drugs by celebrities. However, in the mid-sixties a series of events raised the issue of drugs and rock musicians to new heights. The most famous of these events was the trial in 1967 of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, when it seemed the establishment took up arms against the young. The author does an excellent job of looking at the events of that year in a balanced and fair way, recreating events with great detail. The whole saga of the arrest of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Robert Fraser (the famed 'Dr Robert' of the Beatles Revolver album) dominated the news throughout the Summer of Love, prompting a fierce debate over drug use and laws and raising the issues of entertainers setting an example to their young audience. The establishment were obviously concerned that the young were taking pop stars, such as the Beatles and Rolling Stones as their leaders. Indeed, there is a wonderful moment in the book when the fans were making a great deal of noise in court and refusing to be quiet, at which point Jagger's lawyer suggested he try to silence them, as their behaviour might go against him. Turning, Jagger lifted a finger to his lips and the fans immediately sat and were quiet. His was the only authority they recognised in the courtroom and such influence was obviously threatening to those of the old guard.

This then has just about everything required of a great scandal - The News of the World and their dubious journalism, even then; the wonderfully named Norman Pilcher, scourge of London based rock musicians (after busting John Lennon he even requested he sign albums for his children!) and scandals and innuendo which, while not damaging the male members of that weekend party, annihilated the reputation of Marianne Faithful. Pictures of Jagger and Richards in handcuffs led to the celebrated editorial in The Times, likening Jagger's fate to "breaking a butterfly on a wheel" - taken from Alexander Pope's 1735 poem, "Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot", which Simon Wells reproduces in full. The author recreates exactly what happened, who was there, the entire court case, the appeals and the aftermath of that turbulent year. He also discusses Brian Jones and his brushes with the law and drugs charges which left him more paranoid than ever. The book ends with the death of Jones and the end of the sixties and tells what happened to all the main characters mentioned. This really is a fabulous read which I recommend highly. Lastly, I read the kindle edition of this book and it contained the illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, 3 Nov 2012
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GARY (Preston Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This book really was my cup of tea. I am not a big fan of the Rollling Stones because their hey-day was a bit before my time but I bought this paperback because I really liked a sample chapter which was included in a rock magazine. The first part of the book tells the history of the band's formative years followed by a fascinating and often amusing account of the drugs bust which led to Mick and Keith having to do some bird. Having read the book I formed the opinion that the story itself was slightly lightweight but still a most enjoyable casual read which did not have me constantly reaching for the dictionary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They kept on Rolling, 7 Feb 2012
This book brought back memories and reflected for me the spirit of the time it occurred. It brings the story to life and really makes sense of the quote about a "Butterfly on a Wheel" that was made at the time. I live not far from Redlands and lived through this era so it resonates particularly for me but I would recommend it highly to anyone who wants to find out more about the indomitable spirit of this band and the admiration felt for them by all different levels of society.
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