Shallow text, and photos mainly from the 60s.,
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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?