The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones

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 ...

Details The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones

TitleThe True Adventures of the Rolling Stones
Release DateMay 1st, 2000
PublisherChicago Review Press
GenreMusic, Biography, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir, Music Biography, Culture, Pop Culture, Rock N Roll, History

Reviews The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones

  • Ethan Russell
    There is not, nor will there ever be, another book on The Rolling Stones that you can read five or even ten times and be rewarded, every time. I know whereof I speak. Ethan Russellposted: 10/25/2012
  • Brian
    Brilliantly constructed, explosive, masterful imagery...the best book on rock and roll I have ever read, and I have read far too many books on rock and roll. Covering the Stones at their peak, the chapters alternate and tell two stories in one: the odd chapters build up to Altamont, and the even chapters build up to the death of Brian Jones. The book didn't come out until 1984, and by that point, the culture had so irrevocably changed (and the re...
  • Ben Winch
    Reading about the Stones makes me feel like the hero of the French comedy Brice de Nice, a 30-something surfer who hangs around his waveless bay on the Mediterranean watching Point Break and waiting for the perfect swell. Watching whoever is the latest craze on MTV doesn't help either; the man-made swells that power those 'stars' are less awe-inspiring than sad, conjuring visions of a time when things were different, picking away at the wound. Wh...
  • Jason Coleman
    After years of circling this thing, I have finally read the rock’n’roll book that makes all the rock’n’roll books look faint and puny. No Almost Famous feel-good picnics, no Hammer of the Gods tabloid sleaze. Some thoughts (we’ll be here for awhile):* Author Stanley Booth hit the road with the Stones in 1969, and that tour is the central story, but he begins at the beginning. These flashbacks, narrated mostly by Keith Richards and Ian "...
  • Robert Morrow
    The author dominates the book so much you learn very little about the Rolling Stones that you couldn't read in a gossip column. His version of the history of The Stones focuses more on drugs and women than the music, a choice that may sell the book to the public but is hardly a fair assessment of The Stones' contribution to musical history. We hear Mr. Booth whine about his contract, bitch about his life situation and about how many joints he lit...
  • Aberjhani
    On Stanley Booth: Rolling with the Stones on Waves of the Times This is less a formal review of Stanley Booth’s now-classic book, The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, than it is a statement of appreciation for the same. In fact, I can state at this time that my biggest criticism of the title, or at least of the edition I own, is that it lacks an index. Having become the modern essential reference text on the Rolling Stones that it is, a r...
  • Steve
    The Rolling Stones are very press savvy and have been for most of their career. Jagger especially, has always been good at managing his public persona and giving the media titillation rather than depth. Even co-joined twin Keef often remarks in interviews that Mick is a very guarded and calculating guy, even to those close to him. Keith himself is another master of the machine and has helped build his reputation as much on his well-documented bru...
  • Jeff
    In the mid-'60s Stanley Booth wrote apparently on spec a sensitively descriptive, narrative piece on Furry Lewis, the one-legged Memphis bluesman, a piece that was not published until Playboy brought it out in 1970 -- but it seems by then to have been enough to secure Booth an agent, a 1968 assignment to go to London and cover the Rolling Stones, and ultimately, a book-contract to tour with the Stones in the aftermath of the death of their bandma...
  • Dante
    I had the good fortune of finding this paperback in the Used Books for Sale section of the Evanston Public Library, shortly after getting my first-ever root canal at my dentist, whose office is across the street from the library. I paid a whopping 25¢ (maybe 50¢ - not much, in any case...) for it, and in terms of cost/benefit analysis, it might be the best book I've ever paid for. No less an authority than Peter Guralnick -- who wrote the defin...
  • Paul Wilner
    Chilling account of Altamont, etc. from one who was there, and everywhere.Among its (many) other virtues, the book is in part an ode to the legacy of Brian Jones, the tragic protagonist whose travails caused Booth to cross paths with the Stones in the first place; suitably, it ends at his gravesite. In between, it pays deserved tribute to the intrepid spirit of Keith Richards, the late Gram Parsons and too many more to tell. It is up there with t...
  • Greta
    I liked this book, but feel that it is over rated. This may be due my expectations which hoped for more insights into the Stones themselves. This book read more like a concert report to me, and I expected more. The author's use of heavy and intellectually artistic quotes from music and literature to start off chapters annoyed me. I felt that the quotes were meaningful moments that attempted to flesh out and even mask the surface and boring materi...
  • Joe fortune
    Stanley Booth's writing is fascinatingly poetic, yet well researched, journalistic. This is the type of journalism that people like Hunter S. Thompson subscribed to, but most professors used to frown upon. I refer to the kind where the author becomes part of the subject and really can't say he's objective. You might not need to be a fan of the band to enjoy it, but if you are then there's nothing better. The portions about Keith Richards, Brian ...
  • Mark Warren
    Booth's stories about being on the road with Stones in the 60's and especially during the 69 tour were great. This book however was very frustrating at times. The author opens each chapter with a selection (usually long) from an historical piece of literature that doesn't seem to have any relevance to the Stones or their tour. Additionally the author jumps back and forth from chapter to chapter between the 69 tour and previous tours without givin...
  • Tony Funches
    Not ONLY Excellent, but also qualifies as an Anthropological Chronicle ... albeit a tad WARPED, which is NOTHING compared to the '72 STP Bacchanalia we all endured & participated in ... myself, Stanley & Ethan; a writer, a photographer & myself as a "Minister Without Portfolio" ...ANY "Fan" of Modern Music has to add this book to their library. I have.
  • Connie Curtis
    Way, way too long! He talked about the same things over and over again. How much drugs, sex, and rock and roll do you need to repeat to get the message across? Not a whole lot of new info, really, but hardcore Stones fans might like it.
  • Still
    This is the most important book about The Rolling Stones ever published.It covers a period of time when the band was still relevant and the 1960s were reeling to an end.Stanley Booth is a truly great scribe and his profiles of personalities -those famous and those obscure- are incomparable.
  • Donna Rosser
    Interesting story behind the tour leading up to Altamont. Many times the story was much more about the author than the band.
  • Michael Shilling
    You don't have to give a shit about the Stones to enjoy this book, which is about the Stones the same way that Moby-Dick is about a fish.
  • Tim
    THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE ROLLING STONES by Stanley Booth offers a inside window into the lives of the Stones during the transition from the Brian Jones era and the Mick Taylor era up to and including the ill-fated Altamont concert.Booth essentially lived with the band during this period and pretty much tells all; at times in unflattering description of members of the band and events during this period, and while not a gossip book trashing the b...
  • Tim
    If I had to name a ten-year period of music that is not only my personal favorite, but that I believe has had the greatest impact on modern Western music, it would without question be 1965-1975. The beginning of that time period seems to have marked a quickening of the momentum of the 60's, which was reflected in the music. The Beatles engaged in more complex musical creativity with "Rubber Soul" in 1965, as did Bob Dylan with his rock trilogy of...
  • Jarvo
    In the late 1960's Stanley Booth was an aspiring journalist who got an amazing gig: an inside track on a Rolling Stones US tour, with a book contract and a decent advance. Things might have seemed perfect when the tour manager told him said that she'd dreamed that he was going to get to write the book and that it would be was only much later that she told him a crucial detail: that it was going to cost him everything but his life.For th...
  • Simon Reid
    Vaguely commissioned to write a book about the Stones, Stanley Booth joined them on their late 1969 US tour, which culminated in the infamous free Altamont Speedway concert. The resulting work alternates chapter-by-chapter between two timelines, one a very good history of the Stones' rise to fame in the 60s, the other the more detailed and first-hand '69 tour diary.With the benefit of hindsight, Booth is aware of all of that (perhaps overstated) ...
  • Jack Wolfe
    Never have I read anything that makes rock and roll sound so SHITTY. "Please Kill Me" has the squalor of "The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones," but at least it has a sense of achievement-- you read it and think, "Well, I guess the drugs were worth it, cuz we got 'Marquee Moon'." What do we get out of the violence and debauchery and death that haunt every page of Booth's book? Hard to say. The joy I feel listening to "Between the Buttons" is...
  • C. Scott
    I love the way this book was written. Stanley Booth is a southern boy and you can see that Faulkner-esque influence that really good southern writers have. His prose is lyrical and beautiful - great style. The decade of work he put into this book is apparent. Also the construction of this book is fabulous. I love how he opens early morning on the day of the infamous Altamont performance, then keeps briefly returning to that day until he brings us...
  • Sean
    Stanley Booth, a young American writer, was lucky (or cursed, depending on your view) enough to join "The Greatest Rock And Roll Band In The World" on their 'comeback' tour of the U.S. in late 1969. This is really three books in one - a concise history of the band, a field report from the doomed Altamont concert in December 1969 and a diary of the tour. Booth devotes a lot of space to the (then) recently deceased Brian Jones, interviewing his par...
  • Alan
    Very possibly the strongest rock bio I've read. But it's not truly a member of the genre. Instead, Booth's book is a very personal account of a brief period with The Rolling Stones - the period in which they were simultaneously hitting their peak and facing a tragic, defining note in their career.Booth's personal account serves to calibrate the experience in your mind. By understanding him, you have a frame of reference to know The Rolling Stones...
  • Peter Landau
    Stanley Booth has the good (mis?) fortune of following the Rolling Stones on their American tour of 1969, which ended in Altamont. He captures the tedium of hotel rooms and entourages and jet planes and drugs and liquor and groupies with the momentary release of live music -- good, bad and often riotous. He contrasts that with a history of the Rolling Stones birth to the end of Brian Jones' life, and in-between his personal travelogue writing the...
  • Douglas Mackenzie
    Fascinating biopic of the Stones rise, climaxing with the Hells Angels fuelled disastrous concert at Altamont in '69. 4.5 stars. an exhilirating ride through the stones highs and lows in their most exciting period. the stones strut through the 60's like cowboys through the wild west, on an exhilarating tour of concerts, mobbed by fans, girls and drugs on tap. along the way they have some truly sad moments.. the death of Brian Jones always in the ...
  • Stoiph
    i gotta return this to jeremy"We knew in our cribs something was wrong. Now some of us by acting together were beginning to defy the forces that made war and to get away with it."This ruled. Not a typical bio in that it was more about Stanley Booth's experience with the band and commented on things going on in his own life, too. He didn't step outside of it. So many awesome passages detailing his personal thoughts (and realizations) on the music ...
  • Jan C
    I did thoroughly enjoy listening to this book. It says that it originally came out in 1984. I don't recall hearing anything about it then. I had already seen the Altamont movie by that time. Basically this is life on the road with the Rolling Stones in the late '60s. They were always deemed rougher than the Beatles, although some of them do seem to come from better families. I've always found it hard to believe that Jagger went to London School o...