50 Licks by Peter Fornatale
Myths and Stories from Half a Century of the Rolling Stones

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Behold the Rolling Stones: run-ins with the law, chart-topping successes, and now the World's Greatest Continually Operating Rock and Roll Band. 50 Licks tells the story of the Stones, right from its very origins.

On July 12, 1962, London's Marquee Club debuted a new act, a blues-inflected rock band named after a Muddy Waters song-the Rolling Stones. They were a hard-edged band with a flair for the dramatic, styling themselves as the devil's answer to the sainted Beatles.

A young, inexperienced producer named Andrew Loog Oldham first heard the band at a session he remembers with four words: "I fell in love." Though unfamiliar with such basic industry practices as mixing a recording, he made a brilliant decision-he pitched the band to a studio that had passed on the Beatles. Afraid to make the same mistake twice, they signed the Stones, and began a history-making career.

This is just one of the fifty classic stories that make up 50 Licks, each named for a different Stones song. Many are never before told, some are from exclusive interviews-including with elusive bassist Bill Wyman-and all are told by the people who lived them. Part oral history, part memorabilia, this fiftieth anniversary book is the Stones album every collector will need to have.

About Peter Fornatale

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Pete Fornatale is an award-winning broadcaster and rock icon who has been a fixture on the New York radio scene for the past forty years. He is most recently the author of Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock and How It Changed a Generation, and he can be heard on WFUV radio's Mixed Bag. He lives in New York City.Bernard M. Corbett is the radio voice of Harvard University football and Boston University hockey. He is the author and coauthor of fifteen books.He lives in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and is a lifelong Rolling Stones fan.
Published February 26, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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At the other end of the interview spectrum, the writer offers wince-inducing recollections from the hoi polloi: co-author Bernard Corbett on his junior high years as a Stones fan, radio engineer Jeremy Rainer on his duty as an extra in the concert movie Shine a Light.

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Casual listeners expecting a literal song-by-song analysis will be sorely disappointed, but Stones fans interested in the details of the band's career will likely find this to be a highly entertaining read that'll give them a deeper appreciation of the band's legacy.

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