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Culminates with their final concert at Altamont Speedway a nightmare of Dance With MOBI #194 beating stabbing and killing that would signal the end of a generation’s dreams of peace and freedom But while this book renders in fine detail the entire history of the Stones paying special attention to the tragedy of Brian Jones it is about much. On Stanley Booth Rolling with the Stones on Waves of the Times This is less a formal review of Stanley Booth’s now classic book The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones than it is a statement of appreciation for the same In fact I can state at this time that my biggest criticism of the title or at least of the edition I own is that it lacks an index Having become the modern essential reference text on the Rolling Stones that it is a reader can only hope that someone plans to publish an edition that contains one But for the time being I’ll say this––If you could arrange a chat over a cup of coffee or tea with a literary journalist from any given period –such as Ralph Ellison Truman Capote Joan Didion or Tom Wolfe––about how they accomplished what they have as literary journalists one thing might soon become clear a huge part of getting the job done was allowing whatever situation they were covering to swallow them whole As in mind body soul and the bits and pieces of dreams and nightmares that held their lives together Apply that concept to the reality of Stanley Booth making his way through the giant waves of counterculture rebellion that swept over the 1960s and a profound mosaic of imagery emergesFor one there is the ambitious writer with a distinct literary sensibility born and bred in Waycross Georgia where the late great Ossie Davis attended high school lobbying in England California and elsewhere for a contract to write the book now known as The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones with their “full and exclusive cooperation” There is the artist determined to maintain focus on his work ––taking detailed notes on everything from the style of Keith Richards’ jacket and the impact of Mick Jagger’s toothache on a rehearsal to the polish on BB King’s custom made Gibson guitar and the nearly overwhelming heat generated by Tina Turner’s on stage sensuality Beyond simply noting such observances is an enviable talent for transforming them into transcendent poetry as with this snapshot of Mick Jagger at the LA Forum in 1969 just before he goes onstage “In the backstage doorway Jagger was standing dressed in black trousers with silver buttons down the legs black scoop neck jersey with white Leo glyph on chest wide metal studded black belt long red flowing scarf on his head an Uncle Sam hat his eyes wide and dark looking like a bullfighter standing in the sun just inside the door of the arena seeing nothing but the path he walks toreros and banderilleros beside and behind him to his fate”Along the same lines Booth writes like something of a natural seer when interpreting certain moments that might be described as the philosophical nuances of the psychedelic times “It is possible that to know the essence of this moment you would have to be part of the most Damoclean time yet seen on earth to have come to this music in the innocence of youth because of its humanity to follow it steadfastly through all manner of troubles and to have found yourself in a huge dark saucer mushroom doing it again playing for survival for your life You had to be there”That he was there and allowed the powerful uproar of the 1960s as set to the music of the Rolling Stones to swallow him whole in order to deliver an enduring first hand account of it is a major part of what makes Booth’s work the titanic achievement that it is The 1960s laid the groundwork for the end of one era and the beginning of another By the time Booth hit the road to tag along with the Stones on tour during the latter part of the decade scenes like those of the recent beatings and pepper sprayings experienced by Occupy Wall Street protesters were fairly common in the US and elsewhere So was a seemingly ceaseless flow of marijuana cocaine LSD and other drugs that everyone knew were illegal but which many consumed to sedate themselves from the brutalities of the times NOTE Please DO NOT interpret that last statement as an endorsement for the use of hard drugs With a string of well known assassinations racial tension that boiled over into actual physical clashes war and a serious push to reestablish the tenets of sexual expressiveness the world vibrated from one day to the next between freuencies of barely contained anarchy and imploding chaos To place oneself in the burning thick of it all open eyed and armed only with a pen a pad a Georgia boy’s swamp grown bravado and hopes for future literary vindication as Booth did is every bit as admirable as so many have already said To have accomplished what he set out to at a cost much greater than most would ever consider paying in 2012 is the kind of marvel described sometimes as a miracle by Aberjhani5 January 2012

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Dance With The Devil The Rolling Stones Their TimesThan a writer and a rock band It has been called by Harold Brodkey and Robert Stone among others the best book ever With The Devil The Rolling PDFEPUBwritten about With The Devil Epub #221 the sixties In Booth’s new afterword he finally explains why it took him years to write the book relating an astonishing story of drugs jails and disaster. You don't have to give a shit about the Stones to enjoy this book which is about the Stones the same way that Moby Dick is about a fish

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Dance With The Devil The Rolling Stones Their Times review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB × ☆ Dance With The Devil The Rolling Stones Their Times PDF / Epub ✩ Author Stanley Booth – Stanley Booth a member of the Rolling Stones’ inner circle met the band just a fewStanley Booth a The Devil PDF #180 member of the Rolling Stones’ inner circle met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in He lived with them throughout their American tour staying up all night together listening to blues talking about music ingesting drugs and consorting with groupies His thrilling account. Reading about the Stones makes me feel like the hero of the French comedy Brice de Nice a 30 something surfer who hangs around his waveless bay on the Mediterranean watching Point Break and waiting for the perfect swell Watching whoever is the latest craze on MTV doesn't help either; the man made swells that power those 'stars' are less awe inspiring than sad conjuring visions of a time when things were different picking away at the wound What the Stones did was to ride an uncontrollable wave from out of an unknown ocean and any book about them that claims to be than a litany a homage or just plain gossip should surely lead us to a greater understanding of the nature of that wave and that ocean Stanley Booth comprehends this challenge but ultimately does little than describe or suggest the feeling at the centre the sense of time standing still as the wave curls around you Yeah he was there; he took the drugs and watched the daysmonthsyears slip away But in a way his book feels like a purgatory because what point in living that life without the release of being able to jump on stage or write a song or record it now and then He's not uite a Stone but not a civilian not entirely in the wave but unable to step out of it and see it from a distance And ultimately maybe he too has something of Brice de Nice about him a man waiting for a revelation that can never happen ListenMark Twain said if you wrote well enough your work would last 'forever and by forever I mean thirty years' The True Adventures first published in the United States in 1984 has lasted slightly than one half of forever Whatever they are now or may be in the future the Rolling Stones when they were young put themselves in jeopardy many times because of who they were what they were how they lived what they believed During portions of those years I was with them Some people survived that era and some didn't The True Adventures is the story of those days when the world was younger and meanings were or seemed for a time to be clearer Almost forever ago I mean wow that's sad right 'Almost forever ago' I feel that I really do And the guy can write no uestion But what does it amount to this half remembered transcript of a time when meanings 'seemed for a time to be' clearer Not much it seems and I'm sorry sorry for this kid who follows around a rock band as if he might find in them the substance necessary to animate his writing sorry for the older man who looks back on it and wonders what has slipped through his fingers Music writers it seems likely are often frustrated 'literary' writers That Greil Marcus and Peter Guralnick who supposedly called Booth's book 'The one authentic masterpiece of rock 'n' roll writing' should so revere this piece of autobiography with scenery by the Stones perhaps says about their own aspirations to something 'beyond' rock 'n' roll writing than about the value of this book to people who care about rock 'n' roll Yeah there's a neat summation of the Stones' careers up to 1969 a couple of vivid descriptions of gigs and a good few pages on the recording of 'You Gotta Move' 'Brown Sugar' and 'Wild Horses' at Muscle Shoals but taken together that adds up to about a third of the bulk of this monster I want to like this; I want to believe there's to it than the realisation that what had seemed so simple and obvious on the drugs is no longer comprehensible; but after 600 pages of nameless dread and no revelation I don't think I can Stones fans read it by all means but don't expect any great insight No matter what he says Stanley Booth was too busy partying to comprehend what 'really' happened