The Rolling Stones by Christopher Sandford

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Richards emerges as a grand and gloriously funny eccentric, physically wasted but mentally spry...
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In 1962 Mick Jagger was a bright, well-scrubbed boy (planning a career in the civil service), while Keith Richards was learning how to smoke and to swivel a six-shooter. Add the mercurial Brian Jones (who'd been effectively run out of Cheltenham for theft, multiple impregnations and playing blues guitar) and the wryly opinionated Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, and the potential was obvious.

During the 1960s and 70s the Rolling Stones were the polarising figures in Britain, admired in some quarters for their flamboyance, creativity and salacious lifestyles, and reviled elsewhere for the same reasons. Confidently expected never to reach 30 they are now approaching their seventies and, in 2012, will have been together for 50 years.

In The Rolling Stones, Christopher Sandford tells thehuman drama at the centre of the Rolling Stones story. Sandford has carried out interviews with those close to the Stones, family members (including Mick's parents), the group's fans and contemporaries - even examined their previously unreleased FBI files. Like no other book before The Rolling Stoneswill make sense of the rich brew of clever invention and opportunism, of talent, good fortune, insecurity, self-destructiveness, and of drugs, sex and other excess, that made the Stones who they are.
 

About Christopher Sandford

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Christopher Sandford has been a professional writer for 30 years and a frequent writer about the Rolling Stones for 25. His books include Keith Richards: Satisfaction, Kurt Cobain, McCartney, and Polanski. He divides his time between London and Seattle.
 
Published April 26, 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK. 529 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Conrad on Apr 28 2012

Richards emerges as a grand and gloriously funny eccentric, physically wasted but mentally spry...

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