During the height of the Rolling Stones success, Bill Wyman kept a diary, recoding the churning chaos of the band s creative evolution, power plays, recording sessions, tours, romances, drug busts, and financial disarray Stone Alone is a meticulous, shrewd and humorous look at the complex personalities of the Stones and the role they played in the startling cultural revolution of the times....
|Title||:||Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band|
|Number of Pages||:||398 Pages|
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Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band Reviews
Surprisingly, Bill is quite the intellectual with a steady mind and clarity of thought. He is meticulous in his writing about the history of the band and all the players. You know you are getting the straight story here, no holds barred. The entire cast of characters really come alive in his book, particularly Brian Jones, who has been glossed over in other Stones' biographies. There's real depth in this story, and I very much appreciate his candidness and point of view.
Bill Wyman's book is very matter of fact (almost reads like a To-Do list, but of an eye-opening and very exciting life!). He lets the reader in on the relationship which seem like many bands' experience, yet of one of the most successful and enduring rock bands of all time! He is realistic, non-judgemental and open-minded of not only his relationships within the band, but of his strengths and flaws. Readers will be interested in some of his observations about guitarist Brian Jones' personality and life as well (nuanced, rather than the usual either gushy style of some other writers about Brian that I have read or derogatory writing of some other writers-rather Bill presents Brian Jones as an artists like most creatives with extreme strengths and flaws. He also presents some intriguing observations about the Fab Four, casting some doubt on some of the more commonly heard stories about the Fab Four and how the Fabs met certain people they played with: hint: the Stones and the Fabs played with many of their friends years before they were famous and usually even before the formation of the Stones as they were known in 63-64 and the Beatles in the same period of time. A good read.
I read Keith Richards' "Life" first and then found this book by Bill Wyman. I must say that Bill is the better writer. His attention to detail is incredible. This is an excellent chronicle that gives you a good idea of what it was like to be a Rolling Stone in the 60's (that's his main thrust). Bill spends more time on the Stones and much less on whatever happened on the outside of the band if it was not directly related to the band. Not a lot of info on the writing of their songs simply because Bill was not the songwriter in the Stones (obviously). But the touring is covered in great detail and to me this was the highlight of the book. His account of the Stones' financial problems is also very illuminating. Incredible to think that a group with such immense popularity were not instant multi-millionaires. Bill also spends a good deal of space writing about Brian and his slow ouster from the band and its (partially) self-inflicted character. Overall, a great read for Stones fans and for anyone interested in the history of rock music.
Interesting and compelling--if a little dry and over-detailed--recollection of the Brian Jones years by Wyman. Nice to get another perspective of those tumultuous times, beyond the Jagger and Richards bios. However, 3 stars is a stretch, due to the TERRIBLE printing and photo reproduction by the publisher. There are pages where text looked like it didn't get enough ink to the page, and the photos? They are a joke. They are reproduced so muddy and dark they are completely useless, and photos and other ephemera are the reasons I buy these bios.
This book is high quality, expensive looking, and really quite a massive history. Only the other big 50, hard cover BIG Book, just one other is this massive..
If you want to experience what it may have been like to be one of the Rolling Stones - the original Rolling Stones - back in the 1960's, this book offers a good, day-by-day diary of the band. Unfortunately, Wyman can't seem to hold back a rather adolescent urge to not only talk about the band, which I expected to read, but a confession/bragging/blow-by-blow account of every woman he slept with during those years. If he had been single, I might understand the inclusion of this material. The fact that he had a wife and child at home creates a rather creepy element to the book. I liked the sense of what it must have been like to experience the excitement, the insults from the press, and the personalities within the band. I gained a lot of respect for Charlie Watts who must be the coolest man on the planet. Clearly, Brian Jones was a flawed, complex, and sensitive tragic figure. Jagger and Richards fed on creative ambition leaving no prisoners. I really want to admire Bill Wyman, but it's pretty clear that this guy had a lot of trouble keeping his zipper up. His matter-of-fact reporting of his sex life, without any sense of boundaries, is a major drawback to this book.
Really good book that took me a while to read. Really good that it was written by Rolling Stone, Bill Wyman. I thought it was a nice idea to finish the story of the Rolling Stones when Brian Jones died. The book chronicles the formation and rise of the 'Greatest Rock and Roll Band' ever. I was surprised to learn that the Stones had such a difficult time financially and struggled early on even when it seemed to fans that they were rockstar millionaires.