||In this history of the Rolling Stones, author Stanley Booth shares his experience of living with the band during their 1969 American tour. Although Booth had only met the late guitarist, Brian Jones, months before his drowning death, he focuses on the tragedy, describing the impact it had on the band. He also details the violence that broke out during the band's last show at the Altamont Speedway--an event in which, Booth says, he watched the 1960s die before his eyes.
||Georgia writer Stanley Booth's intimate relationship with the Rolling Stones yields both rare insights and some rattling good yarns in his memorable book THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE ROLLING STONES, an eyewitness chronicle of the band around the time of their disastrous Altamont concert appearance and their epoch-making STICKY FINGERS album. The book benefits from the author's recounting of not only the daily grind of being a musician--even a star musician--but also the equally fraught task of writing about them, including obtaining legal releases and ingratiating oneself with one's subjects. Booth hangs out with drummer Charlie Watts's family in a scene of strange domesticity in the midst of tour madness; on the other end of the domestic scale there's a particularly evocative scene where Booth witnesses the recording of the Stones classic "Wild Horses" at four in the morning, aided by copious quantities of Jack Daniel's, pot, and cocaine. Less salacious than Robert Greenfield's equally impressive STP but somehow more believable, Booth's account of the long hours of boredom, frequent chaos, and occasional transcendent triumph of a touring band brings these rock & roll gods down to a human scale.
||Stanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones’ inner circle, met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1968. He lived with them throughout their 1969 American tour, staying up all night together listening to blues, talking about music, ingesting drugs, and consorting with groupies. His thrilling account culminates with their final concert at Altamont Speedway—a nightmare of 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 more than a writer and a rock band. It has been called—by Harold Brodkey and Robert Stone, among others—the best book ever written about the sixties. In Booth’s new afterword, he finally explains why it took him 15 years to write the book, relating an astonishing story of drugs, jails, and disasters.