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Up and Down with The Rolling Stones
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book absolutely fascinating. In fact one of the most interesting autobiographies I have ever read. I couldn't put it.down. Read morePublished 5 months ago
Great book but you can tell Tony the aurthor dosnt like Keith or Anita always slagging them off and very over exaggerated to make good reading heard the book was not all true but I... Read morePublished 14 months ago by joanne barber
having read this after keefs, biog, i`m not sure who too believe. alot of direct contradictions to both stories. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. T. R. John
Found this to be a very entertaining read. Finished it in a couple of days. Some of the things that happened made me laugh. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2015 by L Street
The value of this book for me was to compare it with Richard's own autobiography and try and sort out who is telling the biggest whoppers or guilty of the greatest exaggerations. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2015 by diipii