By Stanley Booth

Stanley sales space, a member of the Rolling Stones’ internal circle, met the band quite a few months sooner than Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1968. He lived with them all through their 1969 American travel, staying up all evening jointly hearing blues, speaking approximately tune, consuming medicinal drugs, and consorting with groupies. His exciting account culminates with their ultimate live performance at Altamont Speedway—a nightmare of thrashing, stabbing, and killing that will sign the top of a generation’s desires of peace and freedom. yet whereas this publication renders in advantageous aspect the full background of the Stones, paying certain awareness to the tragedy of Brian Jones, it truly is approximately even more than a author and a rock band. it's been called—by Harold Brodkey and Robert Stone, between others—the most sensible booklet ever written in regards to the sixties. In Booth’s new afterword, he eventually explains why it took him 15 years to jot down the booklet, pertaining to an fabulous tale of substances, jails, and disasters.

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