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4.0 out of 5 stars readable
Keith Richards said that a lot of the stories in this book start out true, but then change to "Grimm's Ferry Tales" where the stories become made-up. And he said, "I know why Tony changed the stories...because people would have ended up in jail...including himself!" When Keith next saw Sanchez after this book was out, he took out a gun, and dragged...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but believable???
I found this book to be interesting enough but then again I think that Sanchez exaggerates a lot of the stories. I don't know how much you can believe from this nobody ex-Stones drug dealer. There are some cool pictures though and it does give some insight into what life as a Rolling Stone was like!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars readable, 4 Oct 1998
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Keith Richards said that a lot of the stories in this book start out true, but then change to "Grimm's Ferry Tales" where the stories become made-up. And he said, "I know why Tony changed the stories...because people would have ended up in jail...including himself!" When Keith next saw Sanchez after this book was out, he took out a gun, and dragged the barrel across Sanchez's face, pretending to "show" the gun to Sanchez, but also to intimidate him. Sanchez left very nervous. BUT, Keith has been known to fabricate stories of his own life (like saying his mother took him for a walk in his pram during WW II, and when they returned to their house, it was bombed flat by the Germans. ACTUALLY, a piece of brick from a bombing flew through Keith's window, and landed on his bed. The house itself wasn't harmed.) So, when you are faced with two fabricators, who to believe? I don't know myself. I do know that I've read passages from UP AND DOWN WITH THE ROLLING STONES, countless times, and whether the stories are true or not, they do make for very gripping reading for huge Stones fans like myself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Stones Fans , But How Accurate is Spanish Tony?, 18 Jan 1999
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Up & Down is one of those "Can't Put It Down" type of books. Tony Sanchez has compiled a reading that is a must for all Stones fans. The real question is towards the legitamacy of the actual stories that have be written in Tonys' words. I've read other Stones materials where Wyman and "KEEF" have laughed at the content of UP & Down due to the BS factor. Regardless , for the educated Stones reader , several of the actual stories / happenings seem to have been repeated in other publications. I found great enjoyment in UP & Down regardless if some of the actual occassions were somewhat stretched. The Ups & Downs that keith has gone thru has been absolutely hilarious, actually he is the kind of person who would be fun to hang out with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Rolling Stones 101, 8 Dec 1998
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Though this lurid account of the lives of the Rolling Stones remains the most readable of any Stones book that I have encountered, I think it is important to compare this "non-fiction" tale with Bill Wyman's "Stone Alone." Tony Sanchez, according to Wyman, should not be believed. Who really knew Brian, Mick, and Keith? You decide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish Tony's Sensational Saga, 3 Sep 2014
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Define 'truth'. Is something we all believe to have happened true? The point is this book is full of Stones' legends and whether or not certain events occurred the stories are true legendary tales. I think your reader of average intelligence can use their noggin to identify the parts that seem a little fanciful and what can not be denied is that this book is highly entertaining. It focuses on the period where the Stones had carte blanche to do whatever they wanted, whether that was within reason or not, they still did it if they felt like it. If you need a visual prompt think of the period where Keef is transforming from elegantly wasted into Count Dracula. Bad behaviour, decadence, hedonism, they're all fascinating things to read about and when the characters are Keef, Brian et all it becomes even more fascinating. My only gripe is over the pictures, Tony's supposed to be a photographer of sorts but the shots included are awful! These most photogenic rock stars do not benefit from these snaps. With the author having such close proximity to the band you would expect some exclusive pictures.

Most Stones fans will have read a few books on their heroes and many of the official ones remain coy regarding certain topics so Spanish Tony's book can be seen as providing balance! Regardless, this is a great, sensational read, Stones fans will lap up every word and those with even the tiniest interest will still be entertained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True or false...who cares?, 30 Aug 2012
This is one of the most entertaining books allegedly about music I've ever read. There's virtually nothing about music in it. I suspect a lot of it's rubbish. The bit where teenage Tony takes on Uncle Reggie Kray & wins is especially side-splitting. But who cares? What does it matter if it's all bull or not? None of us were there & so we'll never know one way or another. Enjoy it or don't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but believable???, 16 Feb 2012
I found this book to be interesting enough but then again I think that Sanchez exaggerates a lot of the stories. I don't know how much you can believe from this nobody ex-Stones drug dealer. There are some cool pictures though and it does give some insight into what life as a Rolling Stone was like!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richards in the raw..., 22 Nov 2010
Great read, a real page turner. I enjoyed it much more that the recently read autobiograghy "Life" by Keith Richards.It was Keith's mention of this book that made me get it actually.
I got a real sense of the Stones and their life during that time and particularly Keith's. The drugs are not glamourised, its no holds barred!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 12 Nov 2010
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Michelle Storey "jakey" (lancashire) - See all my reviews
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I loved this book. I'm a big fan of Keith Richards and The Stones and this book is a must for all their fans. Though sometimes i wished i'd had a drug encyclopedia beside me so i would know what half of the stuff they were taking was! Keith comes across as you would expect, a rock and roll rebel who kept his feet on the ground as The Stones became the biggest rock band in the world. While Mick Jagger seems to be the most aloof and a real belief of his own hype. How Keith has stayed alive is a medical miracle, and is the last of the real rock and roll heros. People tend to write off Keith as a drug addled mess, but they overlook the fact that he has co wrote some of the best anthems of the 20th century, and is still going strong; where others have floundered. Tony Sanchez writes with obvious affection for Keith and sometimes undisguised distaste for Jagger. It has been said that Keith wasn't happy about Sanchez writing this book, but he has nothing to worry about, as Keith comes across well in the book. Though I don't understand why Sanchez refers to Keith Richards all the time in the book as Keith 'Richard' without the S? My only criticism of the book is that whoever edited it, missed loads of spelling mistakes. maybe the editor had snorted a bit of what Richards et al had!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As legendary a book as the band itself! Highly Recommended, 12 July 2014
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Michael K (Utrecht, Nederlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Up and Down with The Rolling Stones - My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards (Kindle Edition)
I had long heard of this book (and its alter-ego 'I Was Keith Richard's Drug Dealer' which is the same book) and have seen so many references to it in other books about the sixties that it was always on my wishlist.
Surprised to see it turn up as a Kindle bargain but even if I'd paid a lot more, I'd have to say this is absolutely unputdownable.
I know that its revelations are disputed but, really, all biographies are subject to dispute, exaggeration and incompleteness. There's enough about The Stones' history that is probably still actionable so Sanchez most probably waltzes around some issues or displaces then deliberately, all to avoid any legal problems for The Stones. This doesn't prevent him delivering his story in immensely readable style, hilarious and shocking by turns.

The scene which had Keith Richards mock-threaten the author when he learns of the book's imminent publication emphasises that Sanchez has done his best 'the keep the location of the buried bodies secret' while still delivering the dirt because why else would he risk facing Keith Richards? Clearly he feels like he's done a good job and that that he was invited to rejoin them on tour is a fair indication that his account is 'tamed down' rather than 'hyped up'.

In the wide gap between 'authorised' and unauthorised biographies, Sanchez occupies quite distinct territory and he's something of a legend himself.
Reading skeptically or open-mindedly, you'll either way get a full flavour of the relationships and characters that make up the Stones sixties and seventies adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good insider biography, adding flesh to some of Keef's tales in his autobiography. Worth a read for any Stones fan, 24 April 2014
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A good insider biography, adding flesh to some of Keef's tales in his autobiography. Worth a read for any Stones fan
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