A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures Hardcover – 14 Feb 2013
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This book is far more than a footnote to the Rolling Stones; it is an elegantly written account of how two cultures came together (Lynn Barber, Sunday Times)
This is one of the funniest rock books I've read, fuelled, in the way only an aristocrat's memoir could be, by a sense of cheery entitlement and the random pursuit of amusement for its own sake (New Statesman)
He plays up that culture clash in this entertaining memoir, which sees him flitting between the high life in places such as St Moritz and Mustique and marshalling the business affairs of the world's greatest rock'n'roll group ... A Prince Among Stones tells how a displaced German aristocrat came to Britain in 1940 ... He encapsulates the story of the following four decades as the Stones' final representative with verve ... The book is full of sparkling anecdotes ... Extraordinary British story (Literary Review)
Unusually frank, enjoyable (Daily Mail)
An archly written comedy of manners (Wall Street Journal Europe)
Eloquently told (Choice Magazine)
A wry, funny and fascinating memoir from a leading figure in the modern financial world, this is the unique account of one of the greatest bands in musical historySee all Product Description
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I read a report that Mick was annoyed with this publication, but I don't think the author has said anything that makes any of the band appear foolish. On the contrary, it was Mick's approach to Prince Rupert that saved the band from bankruptcy and destruction. His assessment of Keith is also interesting. It is a pity that there isn't more detail about the contractual problems with Klien as I found this information fascinating. It is also a funny book, and has the potential of being made into a comedy film.
We have Mick and Rupert to thank for the Stones long career.
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To a Non-Stones fan then there is not much reason to by this book unless you like German family history of which there is a great deal! and it's a 2 star review.To a Stones fan it's an interesting view on them by someone close to the deals, and it's a 3.5 out of 5 review...
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"There is no book so bad you cannot learn something from it."
I don't think my teachers would have been proud with my choices of books, but I certainly learned a lot from them. Speaking of my choices of books, I am still able to raise eyebrows when I open my backpack. One day I will be reading a book on becoming a better writer, the other I will read a book nobody in the office would even think sitting next to. I just finished reading one of those obscure books.
I'm a fan of the Rolling Stones, but (surprise!) I am not a typical fan. I like their music, but I couldn't keep up with their lifestyle or with the lifestyle of a devout Stones' fan and I'm not obsessed with their total groupie count. OK, I like a little bit of gossip, but at my age I like the facts better. And those are hard to come by, because whatever the Stones' marketing machine tells us is hardly ever the whole truth.
I started listening to the Rolling Stones as the rock music was being pushed aside by house, acid, dance, jungle, and rap. Brought up of a mixture of rock and heavy metal, I was not compatible with the music of the 90s. After U2′s Rattle and Hum I had nowhere to go.
The Rolling Stones' music proved to be a nice refuge and I stayed there ever since. (I do listen to other bands, of course, but the Glimmer Twins have special place in my heart.) As I got interested in the history of the band, I realized that I like them even more and not only because of their music or the flamboyant image, but because of their story of financial ruin and re-birth, which made them more human in my eyes.Read more ›
I had hoped for more - being in business myself and a Stones fan - but the book is largely a continuous namedropping paean to the cossetted and cocooned life of the European aristocracy.
A generation ago this would have been a vanity publication but the over-hyped Stones connection has given the book an undeserved commercial cachet.
Beware Stones fans......for me this was a waste of money and an opportunity lost by the writer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most boring books I have ever read. I am a business manager and had high expectations for this book but it quickly descends into a wallowing mess of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stryker
a very interesting short tread. I finished it over a week; quite something for someone who takes a year to read a book normallyPublished on 14 Aug. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Very meandering and only gets going when he writes about the Stones.Published on 10 July 2014 by john barfoot
Its sounded like it would be a much more interesting book than it actually was, but probably still a "must" for Stones fans!Published on 27 Jun. 2014 by Mr P S Groves
A fascinating insight into the music industry's financial world and the incredible life of this Prince. Behind the scenes with the Rolling Stones is quite interesting, too!Published on 10 Jun. 2014 by LYNDA
I bought this book to gain an insight into the struggles that the Stones and their management had in order to gain control of their finances, and to achieve an income from their... Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2014 by wjt333
What an entertaining biography about the Stones' businesses
in the last four decades.
Recommend this book to every Stones fan.
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