A panoramic narrative history of the Rolling Stones, viewed through the impassioned and opinionated lens of Vanity Fair contributor Rich Cohen, who traveled with the band in the 1990s as a reporter for Rolling Stone.
Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway - privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen's chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time.
The story begins at the beginning - the fateful meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on a train platform in 1961 - and goes on to span decades, with a focus on the golden run from the albums Beggars Banquet (1968) to Exile on Main Street (1972), when the Stones were prolific and innovative and at the height of their powers. Cohen is equally as good on the low points as the highs, and he puts his finger on the moments that defined the Stones not only as gifted musicians schooled in the blues and arguably the most innovative songwriters of their generation but as the avatars of so much in our modern culture.
In the end, though, after the drugs and the girlfriends and the rows, there is the music. The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones makes you want to listen to every song in your library anew and search out the obscure gems that you've yet to hear. The music, together with Cohen's fresh and galvanizing consideration of the band, will define, once and forever, why the Stones will always matter.
©2016 Rich Cohen (P)2016 Random House Audio
"Cohen has arrived as one of the greatest social and cultural historians of postwar 20th-century America. By gracefully blending fastidious reporting, lucid commentary, and an unabashed love for his subjects, Cohen has managed to write about gods and elevate them into human beings." (Richard Price)
"This is a completely fascinating book. Rich Cohen locks into everything that's crazy and passionate about the Rolling Stones while never losing his clear-sighted presence of mind. Funny, soulful, impeccably reported, and beautifully written, this will be the book about the Stones that will last." (Ian Frazier)
"Cohen is one of the select few to be invited behind the curtain of the Rolling Stones' real-life rock 'n' roll circus, but he never loses the perspective of having once been a kid staring in awe at his brother's poster of the band." (Alan Light)
I enjoy listening to biographies of music personalities of my era and remembering what I was doing, when they made great music.
I have been listening to many Rock biographies and this is the BEST yet.I liked the writer's tone and vocabulary he used. It kept my interest to the end and I decided that there was enough meat in the story to listen to it again.I don't normally feel that way. This book is different and is great as an audible presentation.
Keith Richards "Life"
I liked the energy of the story and the inside knowledge of the band that he shares.
Rich Cohen's role as a fan and a journalist placed home in the unique position to tell the story of the rise and fall and rise and fall and rise of the Rolling Stones. Brilliantly written. Narrated by the author. The audio is all properly accentuated and paced wonderfully. I will buy this book for others, who like me, are true fans who believe in the post of the blues.
Couldn't stop once i started, never wanted it end
A chance meeting of Mick & Keith on a London train changed the world of music and a generation
Recalls a lot of the old Stones stories that we've read in other books. The main difference is that Cohen attempts to put the story of the Rolling Stones in the perspective of a Gen-X'er.
The Stones are one of the greatest bands of all time and their story deserves to be told by someone who can weave great stories into the telling of the band's history. Rich Cohen has not done this. This book could have been authored by a college sophomore in between writings of bad poetry and melodramatic emo songs. My eyes hurt from constantly rolling them after yet another bad and wrung out simile.
Engrossing, and well-researched. I learned a few things . the author has a perspective of a journalist who has spent a lot of time around them since the 90s. So he was never a super fan or an employee, and isn't under anyone's spell. But, maybe he's a little sick of the Stones post 1990, and a little harsh. To write a good story he reached too far for some themes. An example of that is how Brian Jones was treated. Keith and especially Mick cut him out, and it led to his death. And going a step farther, he thinks that was the kind of cruel machine the Stones were. To me it seems simpler that Jones was a pathetic junky, not a great friend or integral to the band anymore. As the author says about someone else, with a junky, at some point you have to drop them, or theyll drag you down with them.
And the whole " Altamont-Grand Finale of the Sixties" nonsense. Sometimes things just happen.
Really enjoyed the writing style. which should be no surprise as he is an accomplished writer. He really writes with his own style and voice using clever analogies and metaphors. there are plenty of fun sex drugs and rock & roll in the book but its much more than that. it captures the feeling of growing up a music fan in the Stones era and what it's like to watch your rock idols peak and burn or in the Stones case just keep trudging along. narration bothered me at first but then it worked. he sounded like a dude, a rock writer a la Almost Famous, and that's what a book about the Stones needed.
It's still the little things in life that turn me on and bring me the most awe.
Absolutely loved this audio. I rarely finish aidio books, unless I have the written word to follow along with.Without that page in front of me, my mind just wanders off or gets distracted by whatever is in front of me.Rich Cohen's ability to weave a tale or retell events of The Rolling Stones career had me listening to this book at times that I would normally be engaged in more important details.Now that I've discovered that Rich is the writer for HBO's "Vinyl, I will certainly watch it. My wife is NO Rolling Stones fan (she believes that they ruin the lives of everyone that gets near them - is she wrong?) but she enjoyed his way of telling the stories by painting a vivid picture. if you enjoy the Stones this is must and I detest hyperbole. YouTube is bloated w/ "the funniest story EVER". "The grestest song EVER". "The most beautiful actress EVER". I don't do that - but I'd be truly surprised if you didn't really dig this book as much as me. Enjoy.
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