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Let The Good Times Roll

Narrated by: David John, Kenney Jones
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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'Which is the best band I've been in? The Small Faces were the most creative, The Faces were the most fun, The Who were the most exciting. These were electrifying days in music. We were all untried, untested. What was stopping us? Nothing.'  

As drummer with The Small Faces, Faces and later The Who, Kenney Jones' unique sense of rhythm was the heartbeat that powered three of the most influential rock bands of all time.   

Beginning in London's postwar East End, Kenney's story takes us through the birth of the Mod revolution, the mind-bending days of the late 1960s and the raucous excesses of the '70s and '80s. In a career spanning six decades, Kenney was at the epicentre of many of the most exciting moments in music history and has experienced everything the industry has to offer. He jointly created some of the world's most loved records, hung out with the Stones, the Beatles, David Bowie, Keith Moon and Rod Stewart, and suffered the loss of close friends to rock 'n' roll excess and success.   

The legacy created by Kenney and his bandmates has influenced acts as diverse as Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols and Oasis. Now, for the very first time, Kenney tells the full story of how a young Cockney Herbert played his part in the biggest social transformation in living memory - the people, the parties, the friendships, the fallouts, the laughter, the sadness, the sex, drugs, and a lot of rock 'n' roll, while also opening up about his own deeply personal battles and passions, too. This is a vivid and breathtaking immersion into the most exciting era of music history and beyond.

©2018 Kenney Jones (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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Kenney Jones

Loved it
Never had an audio book before.
Want to listen to more books. Thanks.

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  • SPRish
  • Bristol, England
  • 28-07-19

for fans only

Enjoyable listening to a participant in some much loved (by me anyway) bands. Plenty of 'boy done good' reflections, some mea culpa moments and insight into the music and particularly the art of drumming. Of course, necessary famous musical partners and walk on artists. Fine but only if you just love the Small Faces etc.
Well read, good intonation and well produced - with just enough London twang.

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Back to The Sixties

Never been a big fan of pop star biographies but this is the exception. Absolutely loved this book from beginning to end, a true London lad who learned his craft and came out on top. Nice one Kenney

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  • Colin
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  • 01-07-19

"Been There, Done That...."

It’s probably fair to say that most people outside of the music industry won’t know who Kenney Jones is. And it is equally fair to say that most of these would, at some time, have found themselves dancing to a record bearing his trademark, solid drumming.

Kenney Jones has had a remarkable musical career. He left school in the East End of London aged just 15 to take up an apprenticeship, only to find himself only two years later a bona fide popstar as drummer in the successful group, The Small Faces. The band remained successful throughout the 60s, and when lead vocalist Steve Marriot left the band in 1969, Jones and the other remaining members joined forces with a young blues singer called Rod Stewart, and the rest is history.

Even during his time with The Small Faces, Jones was finding his no-nonsense style and solid, danceable grooves in demand, and despite him not being able to read music, he became a sought-after session player, playing for Joan Armatrading, The Who, Andy Fairweather-Low and many others.

In the late 70s Rod Stewart left the Faces to concentrate on a solo career. Initially he asked Kenney to continue in the drum seat, but after much soul-searching Kenney realised that this would be a path to obscurity, as he slowly became just a part of a backing group with no say in what the band were doing. He wasn’t out of work for long; following the untimely death of The Who’s Keith Moon, the band asked Kenney to take over the role of band drummer. He jumped at the chance, but it soon became evident that this request had not been unanimously agreed, with singer Roger Daltrey being especially frosty. After a few years in the band, the end of the road came when Daltrey insisted Kenney be fired. A difficult time followed, during which contractual obligations forced the band to put on concerts and attend publicity junkets while Kenney ‘worked his notice’. This situation was made more awkward by the band being asked in 1985 to play Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, and Kenney being asked if he could drum for them, “just one more time”. Daltrey was NOT happy at Kenney’s involvement, and watching the video today on YouTube, his anger is plain to see.

Unlike many of his contemporaries Kenney has always been careful with money, and this has enabled him to make lucrative investments outside of the world of pop music, most notably his polo club at Hurtwood Park in Surrey, UK.

He also speaks openly and frankly about his cancer scares and how he managed to survive the treatments and months of recovery that followed.

Narration by David John is first-rate and keeps the listener engaged throughout.

Highly recommended

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Fantastic !

I've always been a fan Of Kenney and the Small Faces, and later on the Faces.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, very well read.
Buy it you will not be disappointed.

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Interesting stories from a rock’n’roll drummer who’s seen & done it all. He was there!

It could have done with a bit more editing but this is full of interesting stories and detail about the author’s life, career & the music business. I usually like a writer reading their autobiography but Jones isn’t a great reader. His inflections are limited and odd at times; often they don’t match well with the content of the sentence he’s reading and that jars. He’s an honest storyteller though so you get the ups, the downs, the good and the bad. Overlong but I mostly enjoyed it.

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stonexbaz

Fantastic book giving a fascinating insight into Kenney's life and the music business. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Wow, what a fantastic life

Thank you Kenny Jones for getting your life story ‘out there’. This is a fun and tender account starting with Kenny’s beginning with his East End family through his years with The Small Faces and The Who and beyond. I found the narrator to be excellent.

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nostalgic musical history

interesting description of this musical era. very enjoyable with great anicdotes and stories of life on the road.

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Great story of a great life.

Very well written and read takes you right back in time to the sixties and seventies. Live with those really involved the pain frustration and excitement of dealing with dodgy business deals and fame whilst having the time of your lives.