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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184697299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846972997
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 3.1 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There are many sorts of Rolling Stones fans, but all of them will love this book' -- Wall Street Journal

'Even fanatics will learn something here' --Kirkus Reviews

'His vibrant description of 'Gimme Shelter' alone is worth the price of the book' --Booklist

'A must read for all those who share Janovitz's unbridled passion for the band and their music' --Robert Greenfield, author of Exile on Main St.

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 and has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.


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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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