The Rolling Stones 50 Hardcover – 30 Oct 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Rare and previously unpublished photos and memorabilia celebrate the Stones' half century ...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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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If you like the Stones and you like photography, this book is for you.
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.Read more ›
Pretty-boy pop stars of today might take note of how well the Stones wore bags under their eyes from sometimes having to play two or three distanced venues a day. These rockers earned their stripes; all the early dues-paying created the hardiest, longest surviving rock group on the planet.
This is a quality book, beautifully made and designed. My only main criticism is that the captions are often banal. A few more stories and honest appraisals would have made for much more interest. Many of us aging Rock lovers like a bit more substance along with all the striking images. I guess this is not supposed to be a book of revelations, but it certainly celebrates an extraordinary career. So put on your favourite Stones compilation and spend an evening pouring through a great, eventfull tome.
July saw the 50th Anniversary of their appearance at the Marquee Club in London and to celebrate that event they have decided to issue a pictorial history book depicting those five decades. Loads of photos (and the claim is there are over 1,000 illustrations here - but I`m not counting), a few bits of memorabilia, and an occasional couple of lines of text cover the 350 pages. However, as a celebration of 50 years, though admittedly it's well presented in a nice `coffee table' style, it's a bit disappointing.
Unlike the gargantuan Beatles' Anthology book, this is lacking in almost everything. Yes, the photos are interesting enough but I couldn't generate any real enthusiasm to think "Wow!" Maybe it's the minimal text that lets it down. Maybe there could have been more to read in place of some of the photos, a few of which, it has to be said, are wasted space and there are too many that are similar in terms of environment. Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie all get a few words but Bill Wyman either wasn't invited or declined.
If you're a die-hard Stones fan - and that's who this is aimed at - you'll more than likely get it, but don't be surprised if it's less than what you expected.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christmas present for my Dad - great 'stones fan coffee table bookPublished 2 months ago by Mr. LO Rees-jones
I bought this for my Dad for Christmas as he's a massive Rolling Stones fan and he loves it. It is such a fantastic book and the photos are really quite stunning. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emma
This book has been put together without a great deal of thought. It is a series of similar photographs, mainly from the Daily Mirror, over the years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike M.
This is an excellent book to capture the Stones over a very long period. I was lucky enough to see the band play in Abu Dhabi, they were, as always, excellent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it as a present. He loved it. Nice pix and stories.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Best lighting deal ever. Fabulous book. Must have for every Stones fan.Published 7 months ago by EVA B