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02-14-2008, 02:22 PM
I've been listening to the Stones quite a bit lately and was thinking about picking up some reading material to accompany. Can anyone recommend any particular books about the band? I'm currently leaning towards either "The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones" (Stanley Booth's document of the 1969 US tour culminating at Altamont) or "S.T.P.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones" (Robert Greenfield's book about the 1972 US tour).
02-14-2008, 02:32 PM
I haven't read either, but both sound interesting. There's a really great early 70's book made up of Rolling Stone (the mag) articles that Straight Arrow put out that you might be able to find online or at a bigger used book store:
It's loaded with pics and critical analysis, as well as some timelines and even sheet music.
02-14-2008, 03:37 PM
S.T.P. is a cool book but my favorite is "Old Gods Almost Dead" by Stephen Davis, it's pretty in-depth and has some awesome stories in it.
02-14-2008, 07:39 PM
I highly recommend the Stanley Booth book. I read it so many years ago, but I came away thinking it felt like a really intimate, honest portrait of the band up to the year 1970.
I don't listen to The Stones as much as I used to, but I was a real fan back in high school. I still have oodles of books in my parents basement, but recommending them probably wouldn't do much good because so many of them are probably out of print.
I'd also suggest trying to find a bio on Brian Jones. It's almost hard to believe he was the band's leader up through about 1967. His is a really depressing, but fascinating story. But I'd skip the recent Brian Jones film "Stoned" which is full of sensationalism and half truths.
02-14-2008, 07:48 PM
If you can find it, 12X5 is a great documentary that came out after the Compleat Beatles. I agree with Steve. The Booth book is a great ride, but the recent one covers all the bases nicely. That Brian Jones period was very good. He is all over the place playng everything from sitar to slide to recorders. Very creative guy and a sad turn of events.
02-14-2008, 08:05 PM
I read Up And Down With The Rolling Stones back in the 80's. It had it's moments, but it wasn't that great.
Randy Thomas G
02-15-2008, 12:40 AM
I've read several books on the Stones and Stanley Booth's is the best, imo. Nick Kent also wrote a great essay about them circa Exile on Main St in his book THE DARK STUFF.
I recently picked up a book just about the making of Exile, but haven't got around to reading it.
02-15-2008, 12:20 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations you guys. I've ordered a copy of Booth's book and will definitely keep an eye out for the others.
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