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sex, drugs, toil and tears on the road
on 19 January 2011
This is probably the most critically acclaimed book about a legendary US rock tour in the 1970s. Greenfield documents every aspect of the Stones' triumphant return to the US in 1972 after 3 years away to tour their classic album "Exile on Main St". Each chapter moves across the American landscape from city to city, with tales of logistical nightmares, business disputes, long drug fuelled days on coaches and aeroplanes, even longer nights in sleazy hotels, brushes with US law enforcement and bizarre excesses with groupies. Greenfield was forensic in his detailed recollections about how the roadies, tour managers and other hangers on (known collectively as the Stones Touring Party or STP) behaved towards everyone with whom they came into contact (including physical intimidation and financial exploitation). And throughout all this he keenly observed Jagger and the band's behaviour, how they coped with the fan worship and just how far they were at the top of their game live on stage. He also captured the sheer monotony for the tour managers and road crew tasked with the rather unglamorous aspects of delivering a 2 hour rock show night after night. And how, after two months of drugs, booze and 24 hour hedonism both the STP and the band themselves were almost at their wits end by the time they played their final sell-out shows in Madison Sq Garden. This is a gripping read for fans of the golden era of rock'n'roll.