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S.t.p.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones

by Robert Greenfield

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'A compelling account of the Stones trashing America during 1972... Greenfield was allowed the kind of access journalists can only dream of today' The Times The Stones' 1972 tour of the States was perhaps their best - and certainly most notorious - ever. Their previous visit in 1969 had ended in the nightmare of Altamont; now, three years later, they had just recorded their two finest albums, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, and were musically in their prime - if also personally at their most dissolute and debauched. Robert Greenfield, one of America's finest writers, went along for the ride and came back with a riveting account of high living, excess and rock & roll fury, from the Playboy Mansion to the jail cells of Rhode Island. This was an extended tour Party, capital P, to which all America's hip, rich and glitzy were invited, from Truman Capote to Stevie Wonder, Annie Liebowitz to Hugh Hefner. The result has been acclaimed as one of the all-time classic music books. Published for some years by Helter Skelter under the title A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones, it is now reissued by Aurum under its original title with a new introduction by the author. Robert Greenfield is also the author of Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones and biographies of Timothy Leary and Jerry Garcia. He lives in California.… (more)
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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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'A compelling account of the Stones trashing America during 1972... Greenfield was allowed the kind of access journalists can only dream of today' The Times The Stones' 1972 tour of the States was perhaps their best - and certainly most notorious - ever. Their previous visit in 1969 had ended in the nightmare of Altamont; now, three years later, they had just recorded their two finest albums, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, and were musically in their prime - if also personally at their most dissolute and debauched. Robert Greenfield, one of America's finest writers, went along for the ride and came back with a riveting account of high living, excess and rock & roll fury, from the Playboy Mansion to the jail cells of Rhode Island. This was an extended tour Party, capital P, to which all America's hip, rich and glitzy were invited, from Truman Capote to Stevie Wonder, Annie Liebowitz to Hugh Hefner. The result has been acclaimed as one of the all-time classic music books. Published for some years by Helter Skelter under the title A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones, it is now reissued by Aurum under its original title with a new introduction by the author. Robert Greenfield is also the author of Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones and biographies of Timothy Leary and Jerry Garcia. He lives in California.

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