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This review is from: A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures (Hardcover)
For people who didn't like this book, the question you have to ask is, how many more times does 'The Rolling Stones Story' have to be retold. Each telling adds to the confusion with contradictory accounts. I enjoyed the book. It was interesting for this reason; it was written by a person who didn't like the music they produced and whose professional association related to business and was business-like. He appears to provide a very lucid account with descriptions of the band that appear to be honest. It was refreshing that there isn't the usual homo-erotic hagiography, hero-worshipping narrative about'the rock gods'. It enabled the reader to see the Stones from a non-musical perspective, and also, to understand better some of the issues surrounding decisions relating to their career. The book provides a vivd impression of them as young talented musicians, making a living, and how they grow up, but most of all it places them in the real world.
I read a report that Mick was annoyed with this publication, but I don't think the author has said anything that makes any of the band appear foolish. On the contrary, it was Mick's approach to Prince Rupert that saved the band from bankruptcy and destruction. His assessment of Keith is also interesting. It is a pity that there isn't more detail about the contractual problems with Klien as I found this information fascinating. It is also a funny book, and has the potential of being made into a comedy film.
We have Mick and Rupert to thank for the Stones long career.