The Rolling Stones used to be introduced as "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world. The group not only has its great music behind it, but it also lacks any serious contenders to the title, having long since outdistanced its peers. History has borne out the hyperbolic claim, but it's also helped shroud the Stones in a mystique that remains difficult to penetrate, even in the group's current incarnation as a millions-reaping touring corporation.
Now, no matter how often the band falls down in public—whether through mediocre albums, paternity scandals, or graphic physical decay—its essence remains untouchable for reasons acknowledged by the title of Stephen Davis' career-encompassing band biography, Old Gods Almost Dead. More than just a band, The Rolling Stones has become a multifaceted symbol of the enduring power of the blues, the primacy of rock 'n' roll in post-war culture, the dark side of the '60s counterculture, modern Dionysian excess, and, lately, the ability of all of the above to withstand the passing of time.
Even the facts laid out in detail here do nothing to dent the myth. Having previously chronicled Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, Davis moves on to the big show and emerges with a detailed overview, even if his subject eludes him. If Woodstock tied the ideals of the '60s together, Altamont unraveled them. In Just a A Street Fighting Man? A Man of Wealth and Mick Jagger. Tracing the creation of Exile on Main Street from the original songwriting done while touring Tracing the creation of Exile on Main Street from the original songwriting done while touring America through the final editing in Los Angeles, Bill Janovitz explains how an album recorded by a British band in a villa on the French An exploration of everything the countryside means to us, from a hundred years of the The Telegraph is, as its former editor Max Hastings identified, more than any other national broadsheet the newspaper of the countryside, which This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the.
The singer and drummer of the Band details, in this book, the history of one The singer and drummer of the Band details, in this book, the history of one of the most influential groups of the s. Besides telling everything you could possibly want to know about the Stones' career up until the point the book was written, it includes a pretty good description of the dawn of British blues in the beginning.
chipzeulotingmo.tk Incomparably better than Tony Shanchez's book, which is the only other book on Mr. Incomparably better than Tony Shanchez's book, which is the only other book on the Stones I've read so far, even if Davis is an outsider. I just won't give it 5 stars because it's not a life changing book nor meant to be , but it totally fulfills the promise.
Nov 30, Joe rated it liked it Recommends it for: fans of Rock n Roll, man! However, the last third is a bit "People Magazine"-ish, marriages and money problems as well as bad music. Still, lots of great dish from Marianne and Anita and Stu. Not earth-shaking, but a good look at part of what makes the Stones tick, without too much "poor Brian" hand wringing or anti-drug sermons see "Blown Away", much more informative but VERY preachy.
Probably the most authoritative biography ever written on the Stones. It's a very interesting read, especially the parts involving Brian Jones, who co-founded the Stones in and later drowned under mysterious circumstances in I never realized the Stone's lyrics were so raunchy. I never read a book before that used the word "cunnilingus" so often. Mar 24, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: randomly-own , recommended , non-fiction , this-ll-take-a-while , rock-biography.
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I now know so much more than I ever dreamed I could about the Rolling Stones. Stephen Davis is an incredible researcher. I was not a fan of the song-by-song descriptions of every album released, but that's just probably because I don't own or remember most of these albums.
But I certainly want to build our LP collection up with Stones now. Want to reread. The most "Rock and Roll" type thing they did was repeatedly sleep with each others wives. I mean, after the 20th time that happens you want to burn this book. Maybe they just couldn't remember their good stories. Dec 20, Susan Barnaby rated it it was ok Recommends it for: schmeh.
The first third of this book is great. Maybe even the first half. But like the band itself, it becomes only intermittently interesting after the Altamont tale is told. I agree. But the story thins out. Read it because you love the Stones and you've got some reading time.
Apr 12, Terry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: any music fan. A comprehensive history of the Rolling Stones. Well written, and full of great anecdotes and Stones trivia. While reading the book I listened to the Rolling Stones discography as if it were a soundtrack to the book. Great fun. Jun 28, Jim Cheng rated it liked it.
A tad too pleased with its own rock 'n' rollishness.
An entertaining read although it contains little that diehards don't already know. Or those who read Keith's "Life.
If you like the Stones or reading about the begining of the British invasion this book is riveting! These folks are just the most I don't know what other word to use than blessed. Their lives are magic.
Nov 22, Glorianne Roccanova rated it really liked it Shelves: it-s-only-rock-and-roll. I love the stones I have even had to correct information I liked this book cuz it was dishy I love all the different point of views Jul 09, Stan Lanier rated it it was amazing.
I simply love reading about the Rolling Stones. No clue if the stories in this narrative are true, but I did enjoy learning some of what the boys might have been up to, musically and otherwise. Best stones' bio I have read to date. Feb 22, Eleanor Schmidt rated it really liked it. A comprehensive study of the members of the band and their albums. All a Rolling Stone fan needs.
Apr 25, Donna rated it really liked it. It took forever for me to get through this one, but it was great!! Jan 28, Denise Mcmahon added it. Things you knew already, things I forgot, it was good. Surprised they are all still alive Thank God, but still surprising!