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Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Spud ()
Date: January 8, 2020 09:47

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dcba
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His Majesty
Keith Richards by Barbara Charone.

... and Keef's bio by Victor Bockris. Great reads!

thumbs up

Even if Victor does come over as an even bigger Keith fan that Keith winking smiley

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Date: January 8, 2020 09:57

Rolling Stone 1971: "The Rolling Stones was Brian's baby!"

In Life: "Ian Stewart. I'm still working for him. To me The Rolling Stones is his band"

Can't both statements be right? Brian was the entrepreneur, but Stu was the "musical authority"?

That's how I read it anyway smiling smiley

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Single Malt ()
Date: January 8, 2020 10:13

Bill's books are great ("Stone Alone" and "Rolling With The Stones") and very much recommended as is James Phelge's book "Phelge's Stones" about the very early days at Edith Grove. I still haven't read Keith's "Life" because Keith tends to twist the truth so I wouldn't know what's true and what is not.

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Nikkei ()
Date: January 8, 2020 10:26

'Life' is great to read. Not because of it all being true, but because Keith sincerely conveys emotion and opinion. You can read a lot of blase interpretations on the work of Jean-Luc Godard, but only Keith will give it to you straight: "Nobody can ever quite honestly say what the hell he's been aiming at. He did manage to set Olympic studios on fire"

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: jbwelda ()
Date: January 9, 2020 03:39

Life by a furlong.

jb

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: January 9, 2020 05:32





ROCKMAN

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: jbwelda ()
Date: January 9, 2020 06:40

That's one I haven't read, have to check it out, looks pretty promising from the excerpt you posted. Thanks man.

jb

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: January 9, 2020 06:47

….. pleasure Big Daddy …..



ROCKMAN

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: saltoftheearth ()
Date: January 9, 2020 11:08

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astmalia
In the seventies, I liked: The Rolling Stones - An illustrated record by Roy Carr

..which is still great IMO though it ends with the Tour of Europe 1976.

A very bad book was written by Barbara Charone About Keith Richards. She admires him so much that it is very boring to read. In her opinion, everything he did was just great, and she thinks he is the center of the Rolling Stones. I mean, if you are not able to take a critical view on an artist, acknowledging his merits AND his fails it is just a fairytale. (Btw this is why I always insist that on this site fair critizism should never be suppressed). Boring, boring, boring!

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Date: January 9, 2020 14:51

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saltoftheearth
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astmalia
In the seventies, I liked: The Rolling Stones - An illustrated record by Roy Carr

..which is still great IMO though it ends with the Tour of Europe 1976.

A very bad book was written by Barbara Charone About Keith Richards. She admires him so much that it is very boring to read. In her opinion, everything he did was just great, and she thinks he is the center of the Rolling Stones. I mean, if you are not able to take a critical view on an artist, acknowledging his merits AND his fails it is just a fairytale. (Btw this is why I always insist that on this site fair critizism should never be suppressed). Boring, boring, boring![/quote

I agree and I disagree w/ your Charone book assessment. Because back then I loved it very much. It is probably not possible anymore nowadays, but there was a time when one looked at a book not only for content, but also how it stood within it's own time.
The Charone book was the first of a kind. Written from a woman's POV. It was someone from inside-ish; it was about Keith.
Yes, many paragraphs seem a little silly today, but at the time they were not.
Just like the huge RS interview with Keith was straight gold. But by today's standards it's a yawner.

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: jlowe ()
Date: January 9, 2020 15:15

I often wondered if the Keith 1971 RS interview was that he was trying to go one better than the December 1970 Lennon interview (Lennon Remembers).
I think both still stand up to scrutiny, certainly compared to the 'PR' interviews we've had for the last 20 years or so.
Of course, with both John Lennon and Keith you have to have a large grain of salt handy.

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: woody ()
Date: January 28, 2020 12:36

A lovely book simply called 'STU' difficult to find and expensive but very good

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: georgie48 ()
Date: January 28, 2020 19:09

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woody
A lovely book simply called 'STU' difficult to find and expensive but very good

Not exactly a biography, but yes, absolutely a great book with quite some eye opening stories! Great contributions by Clapton, Page, Townshend, etc., etc. if I remember well (not to mention the individual Stones ...). Very limited number of prints and those that are around cost quite a bit!
Maybe one day a pocket version may see the light ...
smileys with beer

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Lynd8 ()
Date: January 29, 2020 00:41

I wish Keith had spent a little more effort talking about the music. It annoyed me that an album like "Let it Bleed" gets two-three pages and then talking about carrying drugs or using drugs or talking about groupies would get 5-6 pages right after that.

I really like the "Jagger Remembers" article in Rolling Stone when he was interviewed quite a bit about the albums. I was always wondering if a longer version of that might see the light of day and while on this subject,

What would be your recommendations for books more focused on the music?
I picked up the heavy "Stories behind All The Songs" - pretty fun in parts.

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: jbwelda ()
Date: January 29, 2020 06:02

Appears there is a prolific mathematician author named Ian Stewart. Some of his titles look very interesting, but I was searching for a certain piano player.

Where can this book "Stu" be found?

jb

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: January 29, 2020 06:19

STU was 1000 copies only ….a leather bound work of art
with comments by everyone from Keith's mum to PJ Harvey...
Beautiful photos and layout... at the time only 950 copies available for sale to the public...

If you can find one today Id say it would be going for BIG bucks ….



ROCKMAN

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: jbwelda ()
Date: January 29, 2020 08:07

This must have been a Genesis publication?

I have a couple of their books, crazy deep.


Edit: just went out and searched Genesis' site, no luck so they were not the publisher. A bunch of really interesting books though. I bought I-Contact and Blinds and Shutters when they were first released, got screaming deals on signed copies under #20 on both. My only Keith Richards and Eric Clapton signatures. And the books are endlessly interesting. Contact sheets of Gered Mankowitz photos from American tours especially, including a couple shows I went to in Sacramento.

Anyway I am going to keep my eyes open for this Stu book, honestly it was the piano drove most Stones music especially in the early days.

thanks again Rockman!


jb



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020-01-29 08:31 by jbwelda.

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: January 29, 2020 10:05

…. STU was published in 2004 by Out-Take
and only available for purchase from their on line site

The book is bound in Nigerian goatskin ….
was put together by Will Nash and from memory cost 600 pounds …



ROCKMAN

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: jbwelda ()
Date: January 29, 2020 10:36

yeah probably ain't gonna run into that in the corner used book store. Never know though. Will keep my eyes out and thanks for the info. Maybe it will get a reprint one day.

jb

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: January 30, 2020 03:03

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Spud
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dcba
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His Majesty
Keith Richards by Barbara Charone.

... and Keef's bio by Victor Bockris. Great reads!

thumbs up

Even if Victor does come over as an even bigger Keith fan that Keith winking smiley

he does, although hes still only half as big a fan as Barbara Charone!

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: GasLightStreet ()
Date: January 31, 2020 03:10

I read Chet Flippo's book several times a year. It's awesome.

Re: What are the best Rolling Stones biographies?
Posted by: woody ()
Date: February 15, 2020 20:27

It really is excellent, I have Exile, etc but I rate the STU book the highest, a great read,

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