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The Rolling Stones 50 Hardcover – 12 Jul 2012
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Luxurious ... an astonishing record of the band's half-century in rock and roll. --Q Magazine
Rare and previously unpublished photos and memorabilia celebrate the Stones' half century ... meticulously researched. --Mojo
Rare images of the Rolling Stones. --The Sunday Times
The only officially authorized book to celebrate this milestone ... packed with superb photography, contact sheets, negatives strips, outtakes and much more from every period in the band's history. --The Sunday Mirror
A masterpiece: an in-depth account of their musical story ... these cats have got a lot to say for themselves. Definitive. --Loaded
It's unique, you know, that you can pick up a book and see your whole life before you. I m really digging it. I'm hoping we can still do enough to make another one. --Keith Richards in the Daily Mirror
That's one of the advantages of this book - people can see things that even the band haven't seen. Fabulous. --Ronnie Wood in the Daily Mirror
A trip down memory lane. The photos are fantastic. --Mick Jagger in the Daily Mirror
A handsome pictorial record of the band's history, authorised by its members. --The Financial Times
The Stones have shown a remarkable visual flair, as shown in these pictures. --The Guardian
A stunning collection. --Manchester Evening News
A roll-call of legendary photographers ... a sure-fire way to liven up your coffee table. --Harper's Bazaar
Cool ... a lavish look at the past. --NME
Remarkable. --Vintage Seekers
A treasure trove of photographs, negative strips and other memorabilia. --Metro
Will make any Stones nut smile with satisfaction, maybe even shed the odd tear. --Record Collector
Splendid. --Classic Rock Magazine
A must for Stones fans, it features over 700 photographs, many rare and unseen, on the road, behind the scenes and at home, with each band member's unfiltered perspective on a thrilling journey of 50 golden years of sex, drugs and rock n roll. --Toni and Guy Magazine
[A] hefty, handsomely presented photo-led history. --Uncut
The book is well written and the input from the band members is witty and revealing. This will give fans plenty of satisfaction. --Eastern Daily Press
This is a stunning piece of musical heritage. --Telegraph & Argus (Bradford)
A must-have tome, not just for Stones fans but for anybody interested in the chronicle of an age ... It's only rock and roll, but I like it. --RTE Guide
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The Rolling Stones are iconic, widely considered the greatest rock & roll band in history. As the most visible band of their era, their tours have consistently broken box office records, making them the one of the highest grossing acts of all time. They hold rock's longevity record: At 50 years after their first performance, with a few hiatuses but no break ups, they've been around longer than any other rock band. Even after half a decade they have a reputation for putting on raucous, hip-shaking, live shows. With 55 albums of original work and over 200 million records sold, they're easily one of the biggest bands in the world. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and have received lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and MTV. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a heavy hard backed book and for the money it is extremely good value.
The majority of the 1000+ pictures are from the Daily Mirror's Mirrorpix archive, though just over 100 are from a variety of other sources. There are also pictures of memorabilia from collector Ali Zayeri.
Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie have written short introductory reflections, and contribute captions to most of the picture spreads. Some of these are great fun. "I don't think `Come On' was very good," says Mick about their first single. Or Charlie on Rock and Roll Circus: "Yoko crawling out of a black bag that she'd been writhing around in on stage, only to start screaming and wailing on a song of hers." I don't think he is a fan. No picture of the black bag, sadly. There is a nice anecdote from Keith about how he and Mick became the "Glimmer Twins."
Don't expect anything too profound though. There are pictures of Mick and Keith going to court but no comment from them on doing time, for example.
A shame there is nothing from Bill Wyman, who was in the group for over 30 years, though of course he is in plenty of the photos.
The coverage gets sparser as the years go on, though of course the quality improves and you get beautiful colour rather than (occasionally) blurry black and white. The book ends in 2007, with the Bigger Bang tour in Spain, making the 50 year coverage a bit suspect; but who cares? It is the early years that are the most interesting and where the photos are more candid.
Thames & Hudson is an art book publisher and the book is nicely produced, though I am not a fan of the front cover.
Overall: clearly a must-have for dedicated fans, and some stunning and fascinating pictures especially from the sixties. I suspect that keeping the images mainly from the Daily Mirror's collection has limited the scope somewhat. Personally I would also have liked more and sharper commentary, but it is what it is, a celebration of an amazing and enduring band which keeps you turning the pages, and brings back memories if you were fortunate enough to be at any of the concerts.
If you like the Stones and you like photography, this book is for you.
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