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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stanley Booth Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 1969. He lived with them throughout their 1969 American tour, staying up all night together 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. But while this book renders in fine detail the entire history of the Stones, paying special attention to the tragedy of Brian Jones, it is about much more than a writer and a rock band. It has been called—by Harold Brodkey and Robert Stone, among others—the best book ever written about the sixties. In a new afterword, Booth explains why this book took fifteen years to write—an astonishing story of drugs, jails, and disasters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stanley Booth’s book is the only one I can read and say, ‘Yeah, that’s how it was.’”

    Keith Richards

  • “[Stanley Booth’s] affection for the band did not keep him from writing about the seamy underside of the Stones’ world in the sixties…It is the only book about the Stones that I would recommend both to the general reader and to the most devoted fan. Both will find an epiphany on almost every page.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Booth’s strong, sound prose brings to life the out-of-control process through which an age intoxicated by its own passions found a hard-driving music to live hard by. In all the annals of the ’60s, there is nothing on paper that so evokes those days and nights.”

    Robert Stone, National Book Award-winning author

  • “If you’ve never bought a book about rock and roll, no matter—this is the one you’ve been waiting for.”


  • “Shattering…Booth has found his voice and momentum with a pitch and passion I’ve never seen equaled in pop journalism…His book outdistances anything the Stones have wrought since Let It Bleed.”

    Los Angeles Herald Examiner

  • “The one authentic masterpiece of rock ’n’ roll writing.”

    Peter Guralnick, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Geoff | 2/17/2014

    " writing was not great, but the history was very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Shilling | 2/16/2014

    " You don't have to give a shit about the Stones to enjoy this book, which is about the Stones the same way that Moby-Dick is about a fish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy Bucciarelli | 1/9/2014

    " another fun and interesting books on life with the Rolling Stones...sex, drugs, and rock n'roll! A fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leith | 1/5/2014

    " Shitty title (think it was originally titled Dance with the Devil) but an incredible book. Booth goes on tour with the Stones and gets sucked into the dark side. "

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About the Author

Stanley Booth is the author of Rythm Oil: A Journey through the Music of the American South and Keith, as well as other books about the Rolling Stones. He has written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Playboy. He lives in Brunswick, Georgia.