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Rolling with the Stones
Wyman, Bill.
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New York : DK Pub., 2002.
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512 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 31 cm
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ML421.R64 W95 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML421.R64 W95 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
ML421.R64 W95 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A backstage pass to the Rolling Stones from Bill Wyman, founder of the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones, commonly referred to as the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, epitomize everything that's excessive, lavish, exciting, and powerful about rock music. Now, founding member and bass player Bill Wyman presents an honest and humorous account that serves as a backstage pass to the band's history, from drug busts, to tax exile, to solo careers. Straight from Wyman's huge personal archive, Rolling with the Stones features previously unreleased letters, photographs, memorabilia, and personal journals. With over 2000 photographs, more than 45 beautifully designed tour spreads, song lists from every show, and biographies on each band member, there is no need for any other Stones book to be written.

Author Notes

Bill Wyman was born in Southeast London and joined the Rolling Stones in 1962

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Wyman (Stone Alone [1990]), the bass player for the Rolling Stones, is also their personal chronicler; he has kept a diary since the band's formation in 1962 and has amassed a spectacular collection of artifacts and memorabilia, which he includes here in this lush, attractive coffee-table book. Formed by Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones came out of the British skiffle and rhythm-and-blues scene. Infatuated with the blues recordings of Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters, Jones gathered together like-minded musicians to perform in jazz clubs around London. The Rolling Stones were soon creating a sensation with their long hair (longer than the Beatles), their unkempt appearance, and the novel sounds they produced. Teaming up with Andrew Oldham, a young promoter who planted apocryphal stories in the press, the Stones became fodder for the tabloids, which fueled their bad-boy image. They released their first single in 1963 ("Come On," a cover of a Chuck Berry song), and, 40 years later, are once again touring (minus Jones, a casualty, and the retired Wyman), this time in support of 40 Licks, a greatest hits collection. Littered with a plethora of Stonesabilia--set lists; album covers; posters; news articles; posters; and pull quotes from Mick, Keith, their fans, critics, and contemporaries, Rolling with the Stones is exhaustive yet superficial; thorough but not penetrating. It covers the drug scandals, the hysteria surrounding the Stones appearances, their provocative artistic expressions, and their myriad relationships. Wyman doesn't shy away from descriptions of some of their excesses, but he doesn't go into too much detail, either. Stones fans will love the wonderful photos, so evocative of an era. --Benjamin Segedin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Wyman's obsession makes for a Rolling Stones fan's delight. While this tome has the visual treats of a coffee-table book, categorizing it as such betrays the rich text within. The Stones' bassist for nearly four decades, Wyman appears to have ruined it for all Stones biographers past, present and future. A tireless collector, he offers rare photographs and letters, press clippings, tour posters and record sleeves. And thanks to either reams of diaries or marvelous powers of recall unaffected by decades spent in a hard-partying rock band, he provides copious historical and observational data as well. Wyman, teaming up again with Havers (Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey), gives even short-tenured band mates commensurate face time and portrays the good times, like the band's first visit to America in 1964, and the bad, such as the time Wyman went out to score heroin for a sick-and recently busted-Keith Richards in 1977. Among the memorable photographs are a fit and trim Richards in swimwear on a 1968 Australia tour and a three-shot sequence of Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall and a paparazzo, during which Jagger confronts the shutterbug and ends up on his back on the sidewalk. Wyman shows humility and humor by including his quote from '67: "It's alright leaping about the stage when you're 20, but when you get to 25 or 26 it gets a bit embarrassing." It's too bad the book stops in 1990, when Wyman, well past the age of embarrassment, stopped touring with the band. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Birth Of A Band (October 1936--December 1962)p. 8
We Are The Rolling Stones (January 1963--September 1963)p. 42
Pop Tourists (September 1963--June 1964)p. 78
America Calling (June 1964)p. 120
Going Global (June 1964--March 1965)p. 138
Travellin' Band (March 1965--December 1965)p. 174
1966 And All That (January 1966--December 1966)p. 214
Dusted And Busted (January 1967--July 1967)p. 252
Oh, What A Circus (August 1967--December 1968)p. 284
The Sky Is Crying (January 1969--December 1969)p. 320
Goodbye And Bonjour (December 1969--November 1972)p. 358
Road Works (November 1972--June 1979)p. 406
Still Rolling (June 1979--Until Forever)p. 456
Indexp. 504