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Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones by [Janovitz, Bill]
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"By focusing intently on individual songs, Bill Janovitz has written a stealth history of the Stones, tracking their personal lives and complicated relationships, illuminating the many phases of their artistic evolution, and making a strong case for their enduring cultural influence. "Rocks Off "is a smart, informative, and highly entertaining look at the Stones' monumental body of work, written by a veteran musician who also happens to be a discerning critic and a diehard fan." --Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of "Little Children" and "The Leftovers

""When it comes to what the Stones are doing on a particular track, as well as why they are doing it, Bill Janovitz gets right to the heart of the matter in "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks that Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones". A must read for all those who share his unbridled passion for the band and their music." --Robert Greenfield, author of "Exile On Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones" and "S.T.P.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones

""Seasoned rock musician Bill Janovitz, co-founder of Buffalo Tom, evokes the gritty brilliance of the Rolling Stones in exactly the right way--by digging deep into their music. The 50 essays, each describing a key song in the band's 50 year career, weave Janovitz's fastidious research with his passion for music to make the Stones come alive on the page. By the time he's done Janovitz proves that the Stones catalogue isn't only rock 'n' roll, it's five decades of cultural history set in rhythm, blues and serious bad-assery." --Peter Ames Carlin, bestselling author of "Bruce"

"Through loving and informed close readings of fifty pivotal Stones songs, Bill Janovitz finds a new way to tell the band's story--and reminds even the biggest fans that for all the drama, gossip, and myth that has always surrounded the Rolling Stones, it is the music that will stand forever." --Alan Light, author of "The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen "and "Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah""

"By focusing intently on individual songs, Bill Janovitz has written a stealth history of the Stones, tracking their personal lives and complicated relationships, illuminating the many phases of their artistic evolution, and making a strong case for their enduring cultural influence. "Rocks Off "is a smart, informative, and highly entertaining look at the Stones' monumental body of work, written by a veteran musician who also happens to be a discerning critic and a diehard fan." --Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of "Little Children" and "The Leftovers
""When it comes to what the Stones are doing on a particular track, as well as why they are doing it, Bill Janovitz gets right to the heart of the matter in "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks that Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones." A must read for all those who share his unbridled passion for the band and their music." --Robert Greenfield, author of "Exile On Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones" and "S.T.P.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones
""Seasoned rock musician Bill Janovitz, co-founder of Buffalo Tom, evokes the gritty brilliance of the Rolling Stones in exactly the right way--by digging deep into their music. The 50 essays, each describing a key song in the band's 50 year career, weave Janovitz's fastidious research with his passion for music to make the Stones come alive on the page. By the time he's done Janovitz proves that the Stones catalogue isn't only rock 'n' roll, it's five decades of cultural history set in rhythm, blues and serious bad-assery." --Pet

"A book about 50 significant Stones recordings could have practically written itself. But it wouldn't have written itself nearly as well as Janovitz has; close listening and an ear for detail distinguish his analyses." --"Kirkus" Review


"In this glimmering set of unabashed fan's notes, guitarist and music writer Janovitz (Exile on Main Street) enthusiastically and movingly traces the evolution of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, song by song...Reading Janovitz is like sitting with a friend in a basement surrounded by albums, and spending the entire day listening to, arguing about, and worshipping the many licks that have become part of our musical vocabulary." --"Publishers Weekly"


"Through loving and informed close readings of fifty pivotal Stones songs, Bill Janovitz finds a new way to tell the band's story--and reminds even the biggest fans that for all the drama, gossip, and myth that has always surrounded the Rolling Stones, it is the music that will stand forever." --Alan Light, author of "The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen "and "Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah""

"By focusing intently on individual songs, Bill Janovitz has written a stealth history of the Stones, tracking their personal lives and complicated relationships, illuminating the many phases of their artistic evolution, and making a strong case for their enduring cultural influence. "Rocks Off "is a smart, informative, and highly entertaining look at the Stones' monumental body of work, written by a veteran musician who also happens to be a discerning critic and a diehard fan." --Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of "Little Children" and "The Leftovers
""When it comes to what the Stones are doing on a particular track, as well as why they are doing it, Bill Janovitz gets right to the heart of the matter in "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks that Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones." A must read for all those who share his unbridled passion for the band and th

"[Janovitz] is an astute observer of the Stones' remarkable canon of songs, offering fresh and insightful analyses and exploring numerous "underappreciated album gems." His vibrant description of "Gimme Shelter" alone is worth the price of the book...a must for Stones fans everywhere." --"Booklist" Review
"A book about 50 significant Stones recordings could have practically written itself. But it wouldn't have written itself nearly as well as Janovitz has; close listening and an ear for detail distinguish his analyses." --"Kirkus" Review


"In this glimmering set of unabashed fan's notes, guitarist and music writer Janovitz (Exile on Main Street) enthusiastically and movingly traces the evolution of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, song by song...Reading Janovitz is like sitting with a friend in a basement surrounded by albums, and spending the entire day listening to, arguing about, and worshipping the many licks that have become part of our musical vocabulary." --"Publishers Weekly"


"A book that will have you dusting off your LPs (or turning on your iPod) with a new appreciation for the iconic band." --"Parade" Magazine
"Through loving and informed close readings of fifty pivotal Stones songs, Bill Janovitz finds a new way to tell the band's story--and reminds even the biggest fans that for all the drama, gossip, and myth that has always surrounded the Rolling Stones, it is the music that will stand forever." --Alan Light, author of "The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen "and "Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah""

"By focusing intently on individual songs, Bill Janovitz has written a stealth history of the Stones, tracking their personal lives and complicated relationships, illuminating the many phases of their artistic evolution, and making a strong case for their enduring cultural influence. "Rocks Off "is a smart, informative, and highly entertaining look at the Stones' monumental body of work, written by a v

"Janovitz is an extremely engaging companion...he is consistently illuminating, not only defending his songs well, but inspiring you to think more strenuously about the selections you would add or delete." --"The New York Times" Book Review
""Rocks Off" is an intense pleasure--a series of love letters plus a few notes of despair...Janovitz opened my mind." --"Wall Street Journal "

"A book that will have you dusting off your LPs (or turning on your iPod) with a new appreciation for the iconic band." --"Parade Magazine
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"[Janovitz] is an astute observer of the Stones' remarkable canon of songs, offering fresh and insightful analyses and exploring numerous "underappreciated album gems." His vibrant description of "Gimme Shelter" alone is worth the price of the book...a must for Stones fans everywhere." --"Booklist" Review
"A book about 50 significant Stones recordings could have practically written itself. But it wouldn't have written itself nearly as well as Janovitz has; close listening and an ear for detail distinguish his analyses." --"Kirkus" Review


"In this glimmering set of unabashed fan's notes, guitarist and music writer Janovitz (Exile on Main Street) enthusiastically and movingly traces the evolution of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, song by song...Reading Janovitz is like sitting with a friend in a basement surrounded by albums, and spending the entire day listening to, arguing about, and worshipping the many licks that have become part of our musical vocabulary." --"Publishers Weekly"


"Through loving and informed close readings of fifty pivotal Stones songs, Bill Janovitz finds a new way to tell the band's story--and reminds even the biggest fans that for all the drama, gossip, and myth that has always surrounded the Rolling Stones, it is the music that will stand forever." --Alan Light, author of "The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen "and "Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah""

"By focusing intently on individual songs, Bill Janovitz has written a stealth history of the Stones, tracking their personal lives and complicated relationships, illuminating the many phases of their artistic evolution, and making a strong case for their enduring cultural influence. "Rocks Off "is a smart, informative, and highly entertaining look at the Stones' monumental body of work, written by a veteran musician who also happens to be a discerning critic and a diehard fan." --Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of "Little Children" and "The Leftovers
""When it comes to what the Stones are doing on a particular track, as well as why they are doing it, Bill Janovitz gets right to the heart of the matter in "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks that Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones." A must read for all those who share his unbridled passion for the band and their music." --Robert Greenfield, author of "Exile On Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones" and "S.T.P.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones
""Seasoned rock musician Bill Janovitz, co-founder of Buffalo Tom, evokes the gritty brilliance of the Rolling Stones in exactly the right way--by digging deep into their music. The 50 essays, each describing a key song in the band's 50 year career, weave Janovitz's fastidious research with his passion for music to make the Stones come alive on the page. By the time he's done Janovitz proves that the Stones catalogue isn't only rock 'n' roll, it's five decades of cultural history set in rhythm, blues and serious bad-assery." --Peter Ames Carlin, bestselling author of "Bruce"

Janovitz is an extremely engaging companion...he is consistently illuminating, not only defending his songs well, but inspiring you to think more strenuously about the selections you would add or delete. "The New York Times Book Review"

"Rocks Off" is an intense pleasure--a series of love letters plus a few notes of despair...Janovitz opened my mind. "Wall Street Journal"

A book that will have you dusting off your LPs (or turning on your iPod) with a new appreciation for the iconic band. "Parade Magazine"

[Janovitz] is an astute observer of the Stones' remarkable canon of songs, offering fresh and insightful analyses and exploring numerous "underappreciated album gems." His vibrant description of "Gimme Shelter" alone is worth the price of the book...a must for Stones fans everywhere. "Booklist Review"

A book about 50 significant Stones recordings could have practically written itself. But it wouldn't have written itself nearly as well as Janovitz has; close listening and an ear for detail distinguish his analyses. "Kirkus Review"

In this glimmering set of unabashed fan's notes, guitarist and music writer Janovitz (Exile on Main Street) enthusiastically and movingly traces the evolution of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, song by song...Reading Janovitz is like sitting with a friend in a basement surrounded by albums, and spending the entire day listening to, arguing about, and worshipping the many licks that have become part of our musical vocabulary. "Publishers Weekly"

Through loving and informed close readings of fifty pivotal Stones songs, Bill Janovitz finds a new way to tell the band's story--and reminds even the biggest fans that for all the drama, gossip, and myth that has always surrounded the Rolling Stones, it is the music that will stand forever. "Alan Light, author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah""

By focusing intently on individual songs, Bill Janovitz has written a stealth history of the Stones, tracking their personal lives and complicated relationships, illuminating the many phases of their artistic evolution, and making a strong case for their enduring cultural influence. "Rocks Off "is a smart, informative, and highly entertaining look at the Stones' monumental body of work, written by a veteran musician who also happens to be a discerning critic and a diehard fan. "Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of Little Children and The Leftovers"

When it comes to what the Stones are doing on a particular track, as well as why they are doing it, Bill Janovitz gets right to the heart of the matter in "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks that Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones." A must read for all those who share his unbridled passion for the band and their music. "Robert Greenfield, author of Exile On Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones and S.T.P.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones"

Seasoned rock musician Bill Janovitz, co-founder of Buffalo Tom, evokes the gritty brilliance of the Rolling Stones in exactly the right way--by digging deep into their music. The 50 essays, each describing a key song in the band's 50 year career, weave Janovitz's fastidious research with his passion for music to make the Stones come alive on the page. By the time he's done Janovitz proves that the Stones catalogue isn't only rock 'n' roll, it's five decades of cultural history set in rhythm, blues and serious bad-assery. "Peter Ames Carlin, bestselling author of Bruce""

About the Author

BILL JANOVITZ is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. He has also released four solo albums. He wrote "Exile on Main Street" about the iconic Stones album in the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series. He has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site and has also contributed to "Boston Magazine," the "Boston Phoenix, " and "Post Road" magazine. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.


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  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon (6 Feb. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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I must admit I came into this book as a huge Bill Janovitz/Buffalo Tom fan and a part time Rolling Stones fan. I always knew Janovitz was influenced by the Rolling Stones and was interested in reading his thoughts on the band. Rocks Off is an eloquent and revealing read about a legendary band. Janovitz writes passionately about the band and how their songs were created.

The book is divided into three parts, the Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ron Wood years. Each chapter is about a specific song but the author expands his account to write about the relevant album and what was happening with the band at the time. For someone like me who is familiar with most of the songs but not with how they came about it was a very interesting read. I would say even Rolling Stones experts will find out facts about the songs that they didn't know before reading.

I had a playlist of the songs and listened to them as I was reading about them and found myself hearing the songs in a new light and discovering the instrumental parts and flaws that I didn't know existed. I really gained an appreciation for the Stones and how their music shaped rock n roll.

I would highly recommend this book to new and old Rolling Stones fans and anyone who wants to read about how fantastic rock music is created.
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Buffalo Tom frontman and main songwriter takes time out to analyse the Stones' back catalogue from the perspective of both fan and musician. The result is a very readable and insightful analysis of some of the Rolling Stones greater and lesser known works. Well worth reading generally if you want to learn how songwriting and recording was done in the early days of rock even if you are not a fan of Mick and Keef in particular.
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I call myself a fan of The Rolling Stones, but really, I should own more of their music than just one double greatest hits package. This excellent book has finally encouraged me to seek out more of their work besides just the obvious hit songs.

This is not you're typical 'biography'. The author Bill Janovitz, also a musician and rock music journalist, took 50 of the Rolling Stones' songs, some of them very famous, others definitely not, analysed them, and proceeded to tell the story of the band through these particular songs, what a refreshing idea.

The backstories of these tracks provide so much insight into who these internal bad boys were, both as people and as musicians. This is a book for real music fans, and you don't even have to be a fan of The Rolling Stones' to find something of interest in 'Rocks Off'. Lots of tales of what happened in the studio, quotes from recent interviews, as well as Mr. Janovitz's own extensive knowledge, this is an excellent read from a man who sure knows his Stones.
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Well written and researched and opens up details of excellent Stones songs that are not known apart to hard core fans.
e.g. I am Waiting,
Waiting on a Friend
As Tears go By
Sway
Can't you hear me knocking
Moonlight Mile
2000Light years from Home
Time waits for know one
Heart of Stone
and many more
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This book was really interesting,it gave you insight in how theirs lives were reflected in their songs.Once I started reading I couldnt put it down.
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