The Rolling Stones – Fifty Years 

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       November 26, 2014


Author  Christopher Sandford

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 978-0-85720-103-4
Publisher:         Simon & Schuster
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Headlined as the definitive biography of the world’s greatest, without a doubt, rock band Sandford tells all in the definitely glorious or inglorious, depending on where you’re at, rise and rise of The Rolling Stones – perhaps one of the most influential rock groups of the last fifty years.

Front man Mick Jagger, accompanied by a line-up of his mates, staged their first appearance in a working man’s club in London in 1962. On that occasion Jagger had on a stripped sweater and corduroy’s, Keith a suit and the music changed tempo with the amount to alcohol consumed by the band.

Little did they and the crowd realise they were about to set the Music world on fire, push the boundaries of “polite society” prevalent in the post war world of Britain and become one of the main players of the music revolution which has lasted more than 50 years.

Not only were they noted for their cutting edge music but their off stage antics with booze, drugs, sex and clashes with the law, which have lasted generations but also their less than sedate antics on stage during their concerts.

Over the years the Stones, as they have lovingly and long been known as by their fans, have staged more concerts that any other rock band, have had members knighted, movie characters model on them (Keith Richards), they can still belt out a tune, have sell out houses wherever they go to play and refuse to let age, or anything else, slow them down.

Living long and disgracefully, the Stones have managed to make a long and lasting career out of music, opportunism, along with clever invention, to entertain, scandalise and give a great gift to all who have enjoyed their music for so very long.

As biographer to both Jagger and Richards, Sanford speaks with authority and is able to add all the interesting little bits which so often get sidelined when biographies are written.
Definitive, definitely: entertaining , indubitably:And as with all things Rolling Stones- somewhat scandalous but so very, very enjoyable.