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Rolling Stones 69 by Patrick Humphries

Rolling Stones 1969

Patrick Humphries

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Imprint: Omnibus Press
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication date: 20 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781787601680

This is the story of how 1969 cemented The Rolling Stones as "the greatest rock & roll band in the world".

3 stars out of 5
Max Décharné
27 Jul 2019

"an engagingly fresh perspective"

These events have been analysed many times, but Humphries — who first saw the Rolling Stones that year as a teenager — brings an engagingly fresh perspective, delivering his narrative in an amused, clear-eyed and balanced prose, using the prism of one key year around which to range forwards and back through the band’s history. He is also mindful of the inherent contradictions in a tale of Kent schoolboys singing the Delta blues, and that Jagger, who studied business at the LSE, could easily have wound up working in the City. Indeed, two or three years ago there was a fine cartoon in Private Eyeshowing a Reggie Perrin-like commuter saying to his wife: ‘Sorry I’m late, darling, I met a gin-soaked bar-room queen in Memphis…’ What is reaffirmed here is the sheer power and durability of the songs the Stones wrote during the wild final years of the 1960s, which can effortlessly fill a dance floor several generations later.