True Adventures of the Rolling Stones

True Adventures of the Rolling Stones

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by Stanley Booth
     
 

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Stanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1968. He lived with them throughout their 1969 American tour, staying up all night together listening to blues, talking about music, ingesting drugs, and consorting with groupies. His thrilling account culminates with their final… See more details below

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Stanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1968. He lived with them throughout their 1969 American tour, staying up all night together listening to blues, talking about music, ingesting drugs, and consorting with groupies. His thrilling account culminates with their final concert at Altamont Speedway-a nightmare of beating, stabbing, and killing that would signal the end of a generation's dreams of peace and freedom. But while this book renders in fine detail the entire history of the Stones, paying special attention to the tragedy of Brian Jones, it is about much more than a writer and a rock band. It has been called-by Harold Brodkey and Robert Stone, among others-the best book ever written about the sixties. In Booth's new afterword, he finally explains why it took him 15 years to write the book, relating an astonishing story of drugs, jails, and disasters.

Editorial Reviews

Fat City
Without a shadow of a doubt the best rock and roll story ever put to paper...If you buy one book on the Rolling Stones, you'd be a fool if this wasn't it.
Internet Book Watch
Two intriguing Rolling Stones books are recommended picks for any prior fan of the Stones: they each provide personal accounts by readers who were involved with the rock group. Stanley Booth's True Adventures Of The Rolling Stones gathers encounters of gigs, world tours, and backstage events, providing a powerful glimpse intothe personalities and characters of the Stones. Nakering With The Rolling Stones by James Phelge (373-4, $16.95) tells of the early days of the Rolling Stones by an author who lived with them for over a year when they were just getting famous. His story of his 1963 roommates also provides an intimate behind-the-scenes examination of the Stones. Both are eye-opening, going beyond the usual fan's eye-view to explore personal relationships with the Stones.
—Internet Book Watch
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"A vivid account of life on the edge."  —TheWeek.com

“[Stanley Booth’s] affection for the band did not keep him from writing about the seamy underside of the Stones’ world in the 1960s. . . . It is the only book about the Stones that I would recommend both to the general reader and to the most devoted fan. Both will find an epiphany on almost every page.”  —Robert Palmer, New York Times Book Review

“If you’ve never bought a book about rock and roll, no matter—this is the one you’ve been waiting for.”  —Playboy

“Astonishing . . . part oral history and part midnight diary in a world where midnight goes on forever.”  —Los Angeles Reader

“Shattering. . . . Booth has found his voice and momentum with a pitch and passion I’ve never seen equaled in pop journalism. . . . His book outdistances anything the Stones have wrought since Let It Bleed.”  —Mikal Gilmore, Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“Booth’s strong, sound prose brings to life the out-of-control process through which an age intoxicated by its own passions found a hard-driving music to live hard by. In all the annals of the 1960s, there is nothing on paper that so evokes those days and nights.”  —Robert Stone, Salon

“By far the best book on its subject (including Richards’s own well received effort), Booth’s book is also easily the most convincing account of life inside the monster created by the rock revolution of the 1960s.”  —Richard Williams, Guardian

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones is, simply put, one of those essential texts of music journalism. Groundbreaking, insightful, funny and tragic, it's a piece of reporting that could never take place today.” —The Houston Press

“Booth's prose (his other books include "Rhythm Oil" and "Keith: Till I Roll Over Dead") is writerly, funny. Good anecdotes about bad behavior abound. But in telling the tale of the Stones, during that 1969 American tour that sent him and them criss-crossing the country en route to the date with fate — Altamont, the giant outdoor "free concert" where four people were killed and four were born — Booth also has a larger story to tell.” —Record & Herald News

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857863515
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
04/28/2012

What People are saying about this

Keith Richards
Keith Richards

Stanley Booth's book is the only one I can read and say, "Yeah, that's how it was".

Robert Stone
Robert Stone

No work on the popular arts so faithfully serves its subject while unpretentiously succeeding in being about so much more.

Peter Guralnick
Peter Guralnick, author of Careless Love and Last Train to Memphis

The one authentic masterpiece of rock 'n' roll writing.

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