Friday, July 20, 2012

The fourteen best books on The Rolling Stones

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stone’s first concert--on 12 July 1962 the Rolling Stones went on stage for the first time at the Marquee Club in London’s Oxford Street--Brian H. Bookman picked out the best 14 books on the legendary band for The Daily Beast.

One title on the list:
The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones
by Stanley Booth

Stanley Booth chronicles his experience as a member of the Stones touring family that unleashed itself upon America in 1969, following the release of Let It Bleed. Booth’s exquisite recounting of how the Altamont Free Concert, a show that had been dubbed “Woodstock West,” descended into madness and violence stands out as the book’s great contribution to Stones literature. Best when coupled with Ethan A. Russell’s Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties—a photographic bonanza from the ’69 tour.
Read about the other books on the list.

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones is on Patrick Humphries's list of his 6 favorite rock 'n' roll books and Jim DeRogatis's list of the four greatest rock ’n’ roll books.

--Marshal Zeringue