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 with them 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.
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 that has been called - by Harold Brodkey and Robert Stone, among others - the best book ever written about the sixties.
©1984, 2000 Stanley Booth. (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Stanley Booth is one hell of a writer. The evidence is clear once you pick up his book on the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, The True Adventures of The Rolling Stones. Many writers and Stones fans feel that Booth's tale is not only the definitive book on the Stones, but one of the definitive rock books, period." (Steven Ward, Rockcritics.com)
"If you buy one book on the Rolling Stones, you'd be a fool if this wasn't it." (Fat City)
Narrators voice sounded dull to begin with but is, in retrospect, very well pitched. Calm and detached through this intimate portrait of the Stones. Keith Richards description in the opening chapters was enough to get me hooked and more memorable writing throughout - "Micks hands waving like undersea flowers". Didn't want it to end.
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