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Topic: Rolling with the stones Return to archive
10-23-02 12:14 PM
Moonisup Well man what a great great book that is, it costed me 54 Euros. approx. 50 $ but, BUY IT BUY IT!!



GReat
10-23-02 02:53 PM
Jaxx here's a review in one of today's papers on that book:

Rolling Stone Gathers Miles of Newsprint
Oct 22 2002


By Will Mapplebeck, The Journal

Perverted, outrageous, violent, repulsive, ugly, tasteless, incoherent. A travesty. That is what is good about them.

That is how critic Geoffrey Cannon described the Rolling Stones.

But for another picture, buy Bill Wyman's insider's account of arguably the greatest rock and roll band of all time.

Wyman's account is bound to be a slightly biased assessment of a band that has courted controversy ever since it was founded in 1962.

But all credit to Wyman, while not exactly warts and all - and there are a few warts - he gives a fairly honest account of his life with the Stones.

There are pictures from his wedding to teenager Mandy Smith, not exactly the band's finest hour.

The London drug raid is detailed in full as is the 1969 concert at the Altamount Raceway in California, which ended in a near riot and a shooting.

But what is really going to sell this book is the stunning photographs Wyman has assembled by photographers including David Bailey, Michael Cooper and Terry O'Neill.

There are early images of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards looking almost innocent in their school uniforms and stunning concert pictures taken in crowded stadia after the Rolling Stone became not just a band, but a brand.

There are pictures of the late Brian Jones looking mean and moody at recording sessions and shots of Charlie Watts slightly bemused by his band members' outrageous antics.

There are also rare pictures of the band at home. And they had a quite a few homes between them, all of which are photographed and documented.

But Wyman's book is something of a social document as well, reminding the reader how much, including the Stones, has changed since the early 1960s.

It's easy to forget a band now regarded as slightly eccentric national treasures were once criticised for slouching in their chairs and not speaking the Queen's English on Juke Box Jury. How times have changed.

* Rolling With The Stones by Bill Wyman (Dorling Kindersley, £30)