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Old gods almost dead : the 40-year odyssey of the Rolling Stones

Author: Stephen Davis
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The saga of the Rolling Stones is the central epic in rock mythology. From their debut as the intermission band at London's Marquee Club in 1962 through their latest record-setting Bridges to Babylon world tour, the Rolling Stones have defined a musical genre and experienced godlike adulation, quarrels, addiction, legal traumas, and descents into madness and death - while steadfastly refusing to fade away. Now
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davis, Stephen, 1947-
Old gods almost dead.
New York : Broadway Books, c2001
(OCoLC)639444684
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Davis
ISBN: 0767903129 9780767903127
OCLC Number: 46918084
Description: xxx, 590 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Rollin' Stones --
We want the Stones! --
No satisfaction --
Catch your dreams before they slip away --
Che Guevara with a band --
Let it bleed --
The devil's right-hand man --
World War III --
Old gods.
Responsibility: Stephen Davis.
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"The saga of the Rolling Stones is the central epic in rock mythology. From their debut as the intermission band at London's Marquee Club in 1962 through their latest record-setting Bridges to Babylon world tour, the Rolling Stones have defined a musical genre and experienced godlike adulation, quarrels, addiction, legal traumas, and descents into madness and death - while steadfastly refusing to fade away. Now Stephen Davis, the New York Times bestselling author of Hammer of the Gods and Walk This Way, who has followed the Stones for three decades, presents their whole story, replete with vivid details of the Stones' musical successes - and personal excesses.".

"Using the biography of the Rolling Stones as a narrative spine, Old Gods Almost Dead builds a new, multilayered version of the Stones' story, locating the band beyond the musical world they dominated and showing how they influenced, and were influenced by, the other artistic movements of their era: the blues revival, Swinging London, the Beats, Bob Dylan's Stones-inspired shift from protest to pop, Pop Art and Andy Warhol's New York, the "Underground" politics of the 1960s, Moroccan energy and European orientalism, Jamaican reggae, the Glam and Punk subcultures, and the technological advances of the video and digital revolution.

At the same time, Old Gods Almost Dead documents the intense backstage lives of the Stones: the feuds, the drugs, the marriages, and the affairs that inspired and informed their songs; and the business of making records and putting on shows." "Illustrated throughout with photos of pivotal moments, it is a celebration of the Rolling Stones as an often courageous, often foolish gang of artists who showed us not only new worlds but new ways of living in them. It is a saga as raunchily, vibrantly entertaining as the Stones themselves."--BOOK JACKET.

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