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3.99217221135029 out of 53.99217221135029 out of 53.99217221135029 out of 53.99217221135029 out of 53.99217221135029 out of 5 3.99 (511 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stanley Booth Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781482911046
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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.”

    Playboy

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Addis | 12/27/2013

    " Southern music writer Booth's one of a kind chronicle of Stones' tour ending in Altamont, mixed with history of band. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lemon verbena | 12/23/2013

    " fanfuckingtastic. required reading for the mildest fan of the stones. widely considered one of the best rock books ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Thompson | 11/22/2013

    " Excellent account of Altamont period Stones, guest starring Gram Parsons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 11/7/2013

    " If you read any book about the Rolling Stones, make it this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 10/31/2013

    " this is a must read if you're a die-hard stones fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/8/2013

    " I highly recommend reading this and watching "Gimme Shelter" at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/31/2013

    " Awesome, man. Its like you were there... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Evans | 7/21/2013

    " An interesting peek inside the decadent machine that is a Stones tour. I believe it was the 69 tour. Been a while since I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judd | 4/27/2013

    " Going back for more ... this must be the 9th or 10th time I have read this. Can't get enough. I have Stones 50th anniversary fever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 4/8/2013

    " Is this the best rock and roll book ever written? Fantastic companion piece to Gimme Shelter and Get Your Ya Yas Out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Bower | 3/22/2013

    " I believe this is one of the finest books written about the world's best band. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shakespete | 1/29/2013

    " Great rock book. Southern writer Booth tours with the Stones as they cross America, eventually making their way to Altamont. Lots of stuff about his Waycross, GA homeboy Gram Pasrons, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack W Perry | 11/19/2012

    " Good inside look at the Stones. It was written in the early-80s, so it is just a snapshot of part of the band's history. But it does cover the most interesting piece. Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Salvin | 10/29/2012

    " Booth professes to have intended every sentence to be worthy of Raymond Chandler, an unusually literary ambition for a book about a blues rock band, albeit one as important as The Stones. The fact that he largely succeeds, and the level of access he was granted, make this a remarkable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 10/3/2012

    " One of the only bio's about a band that I can stomach, Booth went from a tag-a-long to a friend of the band that took in all of their temptations. It's a great companion piece to Gimme Shelter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael D | 8/29/2012

    " It may seem that I am just reiterating received wisdom when I say that this is probably the best book ever written about a rock n' roll subject, but plainly, it is. If it were a Stones song it would be 'Gimme Shelter' - masterpiece. "

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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 StoneEsquire, and Playboy.

About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and throughout the United States. He is an Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator.