The Stone Roses by Simon Spence
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War and Peace, meanwhile, might have been better served by a different title: "Fool's Gold".
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The Stone Roses captures the magic—and chaos—behind the UK band's rise, fall, and recent resurrection.
The iconic Brit pop band The Stone Roses became an overnight sensation when their 1989 eponymous album went double platinum. It was a recording that is still often listed as one of the best albums ever made. Its chiming guitar riffs, anthemic melodies, and Smiths-like pop sensibility elevated The Stone Roses to a cult-like status in the UK and put them on the map in the U.S. But theirs is a story of unfulfilled success: their star imploded as their sophomore effort took years to complete and the band broke up acrimoniously in 1996. Sixteen years later, they reunited and have been playing sold out gigs, thrilling fans around the globe, and working on new material. In 2013, they nabbed the coveted headline spot at the Coachella Festival.

With one hundred interviews of key figures, forty rare photographs, and exclusive insider material including how they created their music, The Stone Roses charts the band's rise from the backwaters of Manchester to becoming the stars of the "Madchester" scene to their successful comeback years later. Going beyond the myths to depict a band that defined Brit pop, Simon Spence illustrates their incandescent talent and jaw-dropping success while contextualizing them in the 90s music scene. This is the definitive story of The Stone Roses.

 

About Simon Spence

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SIMON SPENCE collaborated with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on the acclaimed memoirs Stoned and 2Stoned. He has written for the NME, i-D, Dazed & Confused and the Independent.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Jeff Gordinier on May 31 2013

...as “The Stone Roses: War and Peace” slogs on, its rote recitation of facts...becomes distressingly numbing. Flip anywhere at random in the book and you’re apt to come across some strikingly boring sentences.

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Reviewed by Kitty Empire on Jun 23 2012

War and Peace, meanwhile, might have been better served by a different title: "Fool's Gold".

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