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5.0 out of 5 stars A pictorial delight, 23 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Rolling with the Stones (Hardcover)
This is a big, heavy book, with 512 big, colourful pages, all brimming with authentic history.

Almost (but not quite) everything one might want to know about the first thirty years of the Rolling Stones story is in here, carefully assembled from the memories, diaries and photos of Bill Wyman and his friends and colleagues. Richard Havers has added significant extra commentary in relevant places to help fill the inevitable gaps.

The Dorling Kindersley team have been their usual professional selves in making a very pretty coffee-table book. It must have taken them months of hard work to lick it all into such good shape. However, personally, I would have preferred a better differentiation between the copious text and the thousands of superb pictures - to see better the details of each - because the episodic presentation makes it more awkward to read. On the other hand if one just wants to dip into it, here and there, then gathering together all the pics and words about a particular facet on just a couple of pages works quite well.

It touches on many of the same events referred to in the 'According to The Rolling Stones' Autobiography, but often from a quite different point of view, and with different pictures and quotes. Wyman also offers many additional details on topics not mentioned in the others' book. Fascinating! I can see why they split.

I think one needs to have read both books to appreciate both sides of the Rolling Stones story, and then one might have a deeper understanding than would be possible from reading just this.

It really is a big, heavy book to wade through from cover to cover, but many fans might want to do just that, and it is quite difficult to put down on a first read.
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R. F. Stevens
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