The Stones: The Acclaimed Biography
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In 2012 the Rolling Stones celebrate their 50th anniversary. Their story – the band's meteoric rise to fame, the Marianne Faithfull, Brian Jones and Altamont scandals, the groundbreaking hits – is the stuff of twentieth century legend, and core to popular culture.
But it is Norman's skills as a researcher and biographer which bring a whole new dimension to such a story. Written with the personal knowledge, trust and co-operation of the participants, this fully updated version is indisputably the best book on The Stones ever written.
Norman spares no detail, covering the Jerry Hall/Mick Jagger split and the Stones' lives as tax exiles, the recording of Exile on Main St. as well as the iconic stage performances, Mick’s control of the band's affairs and his contractual disputes with managers and promoters.
This a story of fame, money, drugs, booze, sex, hedonism and the greatest rock band of all time.
boys with an unreachable fantasy as the young ladies ran forth, squealing, for their mid-morning break. Brian began well at Cheltenham Grammar, getting good marks for work, especially science and languages, excelling at cricket and swimming and winning a place as a clarinettist in the school orchestra. ‘Then, all of a sudden,’ Lewis Jones said bleakly, ‘he became very difficult. He started to rebel against everything – mainly me.’ The trouble began when Brian ceased practising classical pieces
that day, man …’) its 547 pages contained great swathes about drugs, old Southern bluesmen and open-G guitar tuning. Some revelations fell into the category of ‘too much information’ – such as that after Keith’s father’s cremation he’d snorted the ashes with a line of cocaine. Other were plain surreal – such as that, in his heart of hearts, he pined to be a librarian. But what mainly propelled Life into the bestsellers was his extreme cattiness about his one-time Glimmer Twin. ‘I used to love
Pitney, the American star, had already made determined attempts to persuade her to run away with him. Then, a week before her wedding, Bob Dylan inveigled Marianne into his suite at the Savoy Hotel and tried to win her in a way that only Bob Dylan would. ‘He sat down in front of me and started to write songs at terrific speed. He asked who John was, and when I said, “He’s a student,” Dylan was terribly contemptuous. ‘All the time, he was writing these songs – covering sheet after sheet with
together on these little benches – the lawyers, the national press and us,’ Keith remembers. ‘It was a bit like being back at school. I don’t think even at that point we expected anything much worse then a cuff on the side of the head or a ruler across the knuckles.’ Jagger had maintained that optimistic view to Marianne each time she begged him to let her confess that the tablets the police found in his jacket at Redlands really belonged to her. ‘Mick kept saying that his career could stand a
recognizances extracted from Jagger and Richard had presupposed their remaining on bail until at least early September. But on July 4, Michael Havers received news which indicated further amends were being offered for their treatment at Chichester. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Parker, had personally intervened to bring their two appeal hearings forward to the last day of the present law term, July 31. That summer’s climactic moment of pinching oneself, and finding oneself still awake, had its