Customer Review

2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow text, and photos mainly from the 60s., 22 Feb. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: LIFE:The Rolling Stones (Hardcover)
Don't be fooled, this is far from a balanced representation of the 50 years mentioned in the title. I would say that more than 90% of the book's photos are from the mid 1960s, leaving the 1970s to account for 5%, and the entire 1980s to 2006 are wedged into the final few pages. I have a few Stones' books and these photos offer nothing new. An entire page is wasted in this final section for a picture of Keith dressed as Jack Sparrow's father from Pirates Of The Caribbean 3.

As for the large-print text, it's sparse, lightweight and written in that cutesy chummy way usually found in children's "learning is fun" books as if the reader is the special friend of the author, and thus being addressed directly. There are lots of "...we'll be reading about this in a few pages..." and "...our friend here looks as if..." and there are many repeated statements from one page to another, just in case you'd forgotten what was on the preceding page. This comes across as if the person commissioned to write the text knew little about the group beyond Wikipedia and simply had space to fill - and was granted very little time to fill it. I can put all my issues regarding the text into one shining example of the utter fluffy nonsense found within these pages. At the start the author mentions the sixth Stone, and asks the comparable question who the world might similarly regard as being the fifth Beatle - perhaps, he suggests, Stuart Sutcliffe or maybe Brian Epstein? Enough said.

I gave this two stars because it is a fairly decent size, it respectfully acknowledges Ian Stewart and Mick Taylor, it isn't damaged and it arrived within three days of being ordered.

If you're a fan, there's no great reason to get this. If you're not a fan, why would you want it?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£18.99 £11.48
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,423