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S.T.P.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones

by Robert Greenfield

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Call me crazy: I've been called worse. In 1974, I spent one entire weekend attending six, count 'em six, screenings of the concert-film LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES. For that flock of you who may not remember, or even know, that is the film which begins with something like a quarter-hour of near-total darkness. What I am talking-about, brothers and sisters, is dedication. Dedication perhaps worthy of a better cause, but dedication nonetheless. And dedication to what? Well, around that time, my wife (as she then was) kept me spell-bound by reading this book out-loud non-stop, a feat nearly equal to my epic weekend of Stones-watching. She and I were swept up in this account which, consisteny of-course with the inevitable limits of pop-culture journalism, captured in prose the magic we found on record and film. A lot has happened to all of us since then, but I am confident that if I re-read this book now, with the grave not far distant, I would still discern the ring of truth. And oh yes, the title is a pun -- need I really explain it? God forbid. ( )
  HarryMacDonald | Oct 30, 2012 |
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Thirty years ago, the Rolling Stones swept America, taking Exile on Main Street to Main Streets across the nation. Everyone held their breath to see what would happen; the Stones' previous U.S. tour had been a chaotic circus culminating in the infamous death of a fan at Altamont. And this tour (the "Stones Touring Party") was rumored to be wilder than ever: bigger shows in major arenas, with a far larger entourage and even more drugs. Robert Greenfield went along for the ride, and came away with a riveting insider's account, called by Ian Rankin "one of the greatest rock books ever written." The reality lived up to the rumor: take one part Lee Radziwill, a dash of Truman Capote, set the scene at Hef's Playboy mansion, and toss in the county jail for good measure. That was the Stones Touring Party, the ultimate rock 'n' roll band at the height of its spectacular depravity.

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By 1972, the Stones had become the number one attraction in the world: the only great band of the '60s still around playing original rock and roll. Robert Greenfield provides a riveting insider's account on one of their many tours in America. Previous ed.: published as A journey through America with the Rolling Stones. London: Helter Skelter.… (more)

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