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Up and Down with the "Rolling Stones" Paperback – 1 Aug 1996
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"It is hard to decide whether the Stones' lifestyle, or Sanchez' account, is more unbelievable." "Kirkus Reviews"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Most Stones fans will have read a few books on their heroes and many of the official ones remain coy regarding certain topics so Spanish Tony's book can be seen as providing balance! Regardless, this is a great, sensational read, Stones fans will lap up every word and those with even the tiniest interest will still be entertained.
I don't have much time to read but I found myself making the time to read this. I could not wait to get to the next chapter.
The author''s narrative style makes for an easy read - he himself was no saint and he acknowledges this, which is refreshing, even admitting on several occasions to being an addict himself. I found his comments about drugs and the effect they have on a person interesting - he of course could speak from personal experience!
The photos (as said by another reviewer) were very disappointing. This would have been a great opportunity for some revealing images. I thought I might have the wrong book at one point as it mentions "candid" photos which are a disappointment considering the time spent with the Stones and if he was indeed their official photographer at some point, the number of photos included certainly don't reflect this.
A number of "mysterious" deaths were reported in this book - not sure when the book was first published - but most of the deaths (Gram Parsons for example) had pretty straightforward circumstances and considering Gram was at Nellcote for a time causing friction between Keith and Mick, which has been documented in other books, I'm surprised he was only mentioned in death.
The final couple of chapters I feel were a bit hastily written which was a shame - they would have been a really interesting part of the book if he had chosen to expand on these.
Brian Jones was no saint but Tony seems to be the only author so far that I have read, who in a general book about the Stones, tackles the death of Brian head on, that he was having trouble with certain individuals and goes so far as to point a definite finger at one person in particular.
I'm sure a lot of the book was exaggerated but it really was an enjoyable read and would recommend if you already interested in the Stones, the 60s and the decadence of the period - and I thought he seemed like a nice guy too!
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