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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Best Biography

What did you love best about The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones?

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.

What other book might you compare The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones to and why?

Keith Richards "Life"

What about Rich Cohen’s performance did you like?

I liked the energy of the story and the inside knowledge of the band that he shares.

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Excellent story of the greatest rock band the world has ever known

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An glimpse into the real story of how it was to be

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

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Excellent

If you only read/listen to one book about the Stones, this should be it. Very well researched and written.

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WOW. Good book

WOW. Good read. Give it a try. Good stone's history. Try reading this book soon.

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Best Stones book yet

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.

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My eyes hurt from constantly rolling them.

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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.

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  • SCM
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 01-17-18

Amazing story - the narration not so much

I loved this book, loved the story. It's an amazing glimpse into the world of the band throughout its history. It's chock full of so many fascinating gems it's hard to count. Unfortunately, it was diminished significantly in the audio version by the narration. The narrator, who is also the author that wrote this fantastic book tried so so SO hard to be and sound cool that it was tough to endure. Even so, I strongly recommend this book to any fan of music. Maybe read it old school style?

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great book, but a rushed ending

What did you love best about The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones?

the perspecitve of the author/journalist...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Keith

What does Rich Cohen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

How close he was to the band

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

the best band in the world...?

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  • Mike
  • Here
  • 03-28-17

One of the better stones books

Although there aren't a lot of new things to say a about a band that's been repeating itself for 59 year