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A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures Hardcover – 14 Feb 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408808765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808764
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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 history

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For people who didn't like this book, the question you have to ask is, how many more times does 'The Rolling Stones Story' have to be retold. Each telling adds to the confusion with contradictory accounts. I enjoyed the book. It was interesting for this reason; it was written by a person who didn't like the music they produced and whose professional association related to business and was business-like. He appears to provide a very lucid account with descriptions of the band that appear to be honest. It was refreshing that there isn't the usual homo-erotic hagiography, hero-worshipping narrative about'the rock gods'. It enabled the reader to see the Stones from a non-musical perspective, and also, to understand better some of the issues surrounding decisions relating to their career. The book provides a vivd impression of them as young talented musicians, making a living, and how they grow up, but most of all it places them in the real world.
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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I made a video review for this book - you can watch it on Youtube, just type in "A Prince Among Stones" in YouTube search.

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...

My video review will tell you much more...
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How can a perceptive person,write an indulgent book like this?The first 65 pages are inconsequential,eye glazing oh so boring family detail and other stuff,that you wonder when any meaningful detail about the Stones will appear.It does and the reality is that Mick,of them all was the most concerned about their money or lack of it and how that could be given their success.The answer is prosaic,predictable and over some years,sorted.Exciting? No.Long winded?Very.The author closes with another sleep inducing history of his family.I think this book was written for his relatives with the Stones sandwiched between.The publishers commissioning editor should be fired for inflicting this padded book on to the public
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When I was at primary school, our teachers tried to encourage us to read by quoting an old proverb:

"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.
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i could not put the book down. it seems the music business is managed by managers who are corrupt. to find a person like the prince to sort all the financial problems out is quite rare. he seems a good man.

Brian

Manchester
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Don't buy this book in the belief that it will provide much more than superficial insights into the Rolling Stones.

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.
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