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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.
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on 25 January 2012
This is an inside account of the mayhem on the Stones 1972 tour of USA, akin to the Hammer Of the Gods it dishes the dirt on the bad boy behaviour and the sad boy despairs of the Stones and their entourage. It reads well, avoiding the dreary list of who had what for breakfast and who took how much of what,but drops anecdotes into factual accounts in a conversational way. Not too long either.
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on 1 August 2014
I bought a second hand copy of this book many years ago and decided to replace it with a later edition, from Amazon, when it became dilapidated after many reads. My disappointment came when I discovered the new edition contained no illustrations.
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on 20 March 2014
Bought this as a replacement for my old copy that fell apart but this edition has not got the photos that the old edition had, pity.
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on 16 July 2010
A tight, right rock n roll read. It's all here for true fans and passing interest readers to enjoy. Perhaps a little predictable, but it's almost 40 years ago and we're all a little jaded now. Read with Greenfield's account of the 'Exile' sessions at Nellcote for a great feel for early 70s Stones at their best.
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on 9 July 2011
Was rather disappointed to tell the truth. I'll usually happily read anything around the Stones but this was wasn't at all well written in my view and I was disappointed. The content wasn't bad but the style of writing was basic and a little unprofessional I thought, which made it an unattractive read.
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