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Up and Down with The Rolling Stones

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  • Publisher: Talking Music (Feb. 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1910264008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910264003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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"It is hard to decide whether the Stones' lifestyle, or Sanchez' account, is more unbelievable." "Kirkus Reviews"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Define 'truth'. Is something we all believe to have happened true? The point is this book is full of Stones' legends and whether or not certain events occurred the stories are true legendary tales. I think your reader of average intelligence can use their noggin to identify the parts that seem a little fanciful and what can not be denied is that this book is highly entertaining. It focuses on the period where the Stones had carte blanche to do whatever they wanted, whether that was within reason or not, they still did it if they felt like it. If you need a visual prompt think of the period where Keef is transforming from elegantly wasted into Count Dracula. Bad behaviour, decadence, hedonism, they're all fascinating things to read about and when the characters are Keef, Brian et all it becomes even more fascinating. My only gripe is over the pictures, Tony's supposed to be a photographer of sorts but the shots included are awful! These most photogenic rock stars do not benefit from these snaps. With the author having such close proximity to the band you would expect some exclusive pictures.

Most Stones fans will have read a few books on their heroes and many of the official ones remain coy regarding certain topics so Spanish Tony's book can be seen as providing balance! Regardless, this is a great, sensational read, Stones fans will lap up every word and those with even the tiniest interest will still be entertained.
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I've had this book on my wishlist for a while now and I'm so pleased I went ahead and bought it.
I don't have much time to read but I found myself making the time to read this. I could not wait to get to the next chapter.
The author''s narrative style makes for an easy read - he himself was no saint and he acknowledges this, which is refreshing, even admitting on several occasions to being an addict himself. I found his comments about drugs and the effect they have on a person interesting - he of course could speak from personal experience!

The photos (as said by another reviewer) were very disappointing. This would have been a great opportunity for some revealing images. I thought I might have the wrong book at one point as it mentions "candid" photos which are a disappointment considering the time spent with the Stones and if he was indeed their official photographer at some point, the number of photos included certainly don't reflect this.
A number of "mysterious" deaths were reported in this book - not sure when the book was first published - but most of the deaths (Gram Parsons for example) had pretty straightforward circumstances and considering Gram was at Nellcote for a time causing friction between Keith and Mick, which has been documented in other books, I'm surprised he was only mentioned in death.
The final couple of chapters I feel were a bit hastily written which was a shame - they would have been a really interesting part of the book if he had chosen to expand on these.
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Keith Richards said that a lot of the stories in this book start out true, but then change to "Grimm's Ferry Tales" where the stories become made-up. And he said, "I know why Tony changed the stories...because people would have ended up in jail...including himself!" When Keith next saw Sanchez after this book was out, he took out a gun, and dragged the barrel across Sanchez's face, pretending to "show" the gun to Sanchez, but also to intimidate him. Sanchez left very nervous. BUT, Keith has been known to fabricate stories of his own life (like saying his mother took him for a walk in his pram during WW II, and when they returned to their house, it was bombed flat by the Germans. ACTUALLY, a piece of brick from a bombing flew through Keith's window, and landed on his bed. The house itself wasn't harmed.) So, when you are faced with two fabricators, who to believe? I don't know myself. I do know that I've read passages from UP AND DOWN WITH THE ROLLING STONES, countless times, and whether the stories are true or not, they do make for very gripping reading for huge Stones fans like myself.
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I enjoyed reading it , very believable
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I had long heard of this book (and its alter-ego 'I Was Keith Richard's Drug Dealer' which is the same book) and have seen so many references to it in other books about the sixties that it was always on my wishlist.
Surprised to see it turn up as a Kindle bargain but even if I'd paid a lot more, I'd have to say this is absolutely unputdownable.
I know that its revelations are disputed but, really, all biographies are subject to dispute, exaggeration and incompleteness. There's enough about The Stones' history that is probably still actionable so Sanchez most probably waltzes around some issues or displaces then deliberately, all to avoid any legal problems for The Stones. This doesn't prevent him delivering his story in immensely readable style, hilarious and shocking by turns.

The scene which had Keith Richards mock-threaten the author when he learns of the book's imminent publication emphasises that Sanchez has done his best 'the keep the location of the buried bodies secret' while still delivering the dirt because why else would he risk facing Keith Richards? Clearly he feels like he's done a good job and that that he was invited to rejoin them on tour is a fair indication that his account is 'tamed down' rather than 'hyped up'.

In the wide gap between 'authorised' and unauthorised biographies, Sanchez occupies quite distinct territory and he's something of a legend himself.
Reading skeptically or open-mindedly, you'll either way get a full flavour of the relationships and characters that make up the Stones sixties and seventies adventures.
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