Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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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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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.
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.
e.g. I am Waiting,
Waiting on a Friend
As Tears go By
Can't you hear me knocking
2000Light years from Home
Time waits for know one
Heart of Stone
and many more