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According to the Rolling Stones
Jagger, Mick.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
359 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
General Note:
Discography (p. 348-353).

Includes index.
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ML421.R64 A33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Here's the inside story: the history of the Rolling Stones - according to the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood have come together for this remarkable project. They've also opened up their personal and band archives to include many rare and intimate images that are interwoven with the text. The book gets right to the heart of what makes the Stones the Stones, as musicians, songwriters, performers, and colleagues. They describe how their music has evolved and how it has affected and changed their lives. They also reveal, with refreshing frankness, how their own lives have helped, or hindered, their music-making. The Stones' own words - insightful, funny, poignant, surprising, and above all, completely authentic - are complemented by insider reflections from key players in their story over the years such as Ahmet Ertegun, David Bailey, and Cameron Crowe. A comprehensive reference section including discography, and chronology, studded with the Stones' personal comments on the music and memories, completes this must-read volume. Here, in their own words and images, is the life and work of a band which has played the soundtrack of our lives for the last forty years.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

That their longtime band mate Bill Wyman did his own exhaustive Stones coffee-table book last fall hasn't stopped the other members from doing a collection of old photos and recollections, too. The snapshots are wonderful (one of Jagger talking to Chuck Berry, each in a more outrageous '70s getup than the other, is particularly memorable) and the reminiscences, set up as an oral history, London slang and all, are engaging as well. Richards recalling postwar London as "horseshit and coal smoke, mixed with a bit of diesel here and there" really drives home just how long these guys have been around. Richards's wit is razor sharp, and the band's collective knowledge about old blues, R&B and jazz is awesome. What sets the book apart from Wyman's is a collection of essays from various musicians, industry people and authors. Sheryl Crow's is particularly heartfelt, as she describes when Jagger called to invite her to sing at a 1995 pay-per-view gig in Miami, then to share Thanksgiving dinner with the band and vomiting up the holiday meal before taking the stage. "Is there a way to describe what it is like to have Mick Jagger flirt with you on stage as if you were alone in a bedroom?" she writes. Author Carl Hiaasen writes about drawing inspiration from the old Stones photograph that hangs above his desk. Whether there's room on the coffee table for both Wyman's book and this one depends on the fan's love of the band. (Oct.) Forecast: With the Stones in the middle of a worldwide tour, this title will get plenty of attention, and Chronicle plans to meet the demand with a 250,000-copy first printing. Will the book sell as well as Chronicle's similar Beatles Anthology (2000)? Not likely, but it still should strut its way onto national bestseller lists. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Inevitably, this official autobiography of the Rolling Stones will be compared with The Beatles Anthology. Not only does the Stones's book employ the same alternating-quote format, but it also shares the same publisher. But whereas Anthology attempted to be an exhaustive and lavishly illustrated Beatles history, with comments from key figures outside the band, According is more modest. Taken from new interviews, the only voices and perspectives belong to the current Stones lineup-Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood. No historical interviews represent deceased band founder Brian Jones; nor does his replacement guitarist, Mick Taylor, participate. Even more disconcerting, Bill Wyman, the Stones's bassist for 30 years, is only mentioned a handful of times (perhaps in retribution for his publishing a coffee-table memoir, Rolling with the Stones). Though the Stones touch only lightly on many aspects of their long career, their comments are often entertaining and thoughtful, especially those from the uncharacteristically verbose Watts (who also serves as consulting editor) and the always colorful Richards. The book is richly illustrated but eschews memorabilia (reproduced in abundance in Wyman's book) for photographs and portraits, many rarely or never before seen. This is essential for Stones fans, though Wyman's tome and Stephen Davis's Old Gods Almost Dead are needed to fill out the details of this legendary band's story. [Publication of this book is set to coincide with the end of the Stones's 40 Licks World Tour.-Ed.]-Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Dora Loewenstein and Philip DoddAhmet ErtegunGiorgio GomelskyDavid BaileyRob BowmanChristopher GibbsMarshall ChessPrince Rupert LoewensteinPeter WolfEdna GundersenDon WasSheryl CrowCarl HiaasenTim Rice
Prefacep. 8
1 Chasing the Signalp. 10
Essayp. 22
2 A Pebble in the Pondp. 26
Essayp. 48
3 Like Lightningp. 52
Essayp. 78
4 Into the Pressure Cookerp. 82
Essayp. 106
5 Closing of the Curtainp. 110
Essayp. 136
6 The First Resurrectionp. 140
Essayp. 168
7 The New Boyp. 172
Essayp. 206
8 Push and Pullp. 210
Essayp. 236
9 Mid-Life Crisisp. 240
Essayp. 264
10 Some Kind of Miraclep. 268
Essayp. 290
11 Acquiring the Patinap. 294
Essayp. 316
12 Never Stop Growingp. 320
Essayp. 332
Essayp. 334
Back Cataloguep. 337
Acknowledgementsp. 337
Who's Whop. 338
Chronologyp. 340
Discographyp. 348
Indexp. 354
Picture Creditsp. 358