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Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones [Format Kindle]

Bill Janovitz
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December 3-4, 1969. Keith and Mick stood at the same microphone at Muscle Shoals, lights dimmed, splitting a fifth of bourbon, and simultaneously sang the melodies and harmonies on the three songs that they had recorded over three days: "Brown Sugar," "You Got to Move," and "Wild Horses." That's your rock 'n' roll fantasy right there, pal. A six-piece band working in a tiny converted coffin factory across from an Alabama graveyard, on an eight-track recorder, with no computer editing or Autotune, recorded three songs, representing 30 percent of one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records of all time.

So tells Bill Janovitz of the making of the inimitable triple-platinum album, Sticky Fingers, which hit number one in the US and the UK in 1971, skyrocketing the band to superstardom.

To Bill, all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different: Each song exposes a little more of their soul. In Rocks Off, Janovitz reveals the forces at work behind the band's music by deconstructing their most representative tunes from their incredible fifty years of record making. Written by a Stones fanatic, this is a song-by-song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the band's career while expanding on their recording and personal history. Much like friends pouring over old records or having a barroom argument over the merits of certain songs, the book presents the musical leaps taken by the band and discusses how the lyrical content both reflected and influenced popular culture. The song choices are chronological and subjective; many of them are the classic hits; however, the book digs deeper into beloved album tracks and songs with unique stories behind them.

Rocks Off is the ultimate listening guide and thinking man's companion that will spur you to dust off those old albums and listen in with a newfound perspective on one of the most famous and acclaimed rock 'n' roll bands of all time.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 one rock after the other 24 septembre 2013
Par stones
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Bonne analyse de 50 morceaux pouvant définir les Stones sur les 50 dernières années. On peut discuter le choix de certains morceaux (ce n'est pas un Best Of) mais l'essentiel y est. Le monsieur est musicien ce qui rajoute de l'intérêt à son analyse et il parsème ses papiers d'extraits biographiques de l'époque considérée, ce qui rend la lecture moins aride.

Un must pour les fans of course...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb!! 9 août 2013
Par Larry Satterfield - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have purchased at least 100 books from Amazon.com over the years and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. I am a major collector of Rolling Stones memorabilia and have well over 100 books on the band. I have not read all of them, but this book stands out as one of the very best of them all. The author obviously knows a lot about the band's history and is a talented writer, but what makes it really interesting reading is his ability to analyze each song with such strong knowledge of other factors going on in the music world and the world at large at the time each song was written and released. If any of the Stones themselves happen to read this book, I think they would approve and agree with most all of it. Great job!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fan's Notes 30 juillet 2013
Par Will Donham - Publié sur Amazon.com
Great execution of an interesting idea: tell the story of the Rolling Stones through 50 essays on 50 of their songs.

Die-hard Stones fan Janovitz deftly combines musical knowledge (Keith doesn't play on Sway?) with well-researched details on the band's personal lives to cover the band's entire history from their early single Tell Me through A Bigger Bang. As Janovitz writes, it would have been easy to stop in 1971 and focus on the biggest hits and their golden years. But some of the most interesting stuff in the book is the awkward years after that: their relationship to punk and disco, their efforts to stay culturally relevant, and the look at how a legendary band slides into their twilight years while trying to maintain the swagger of their youth.

Highly recommended if you are a fan of the Stones or a fan or good music writing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is Respectable and it made me Happy 25 juillet 2013
Par by Margie Yanagita - Publié sur Amazon.com
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With the amount of comprehensive scholarship already existing on the Stones catalog, it would seem a quixotic, if not utterly futile task to arrive at much in the way of new and revelatory insights into the best rock band to ever make the rounds. Solving this equation is the principle achievement of Bill Janovitz's terrific new history of the band, which intriguingly recasts their story through an expert and detailed account of fifty of their most vital recordings, providing both valuable details about the sessions themselves as well as their context within the groups different eras. As a highly accomplished singer/songwriter in the great Buffalo Tom, Janovitz is uniquely qualified to assess the unique digressions, risks and concessions that have comprised the Stones fascinating trajectory. The net result is a wonderful and novel history of these rock titans which serves both as a great introduction to newcomers and a welcome addendum to Stones completists. Highly recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I really enjoyed reading this 23 avril 2015
Par top5jimmy53 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed reading this. It's a great bathroom book, Janovitz gives you a good idea of what the band may have been going through when they recorded some of their finest tracks. I can't argue with his selections either; with so many to choose from, he did a nice job picking songs. There is no continuous narrative, but you can still get a feel for the trajectory of the Stones, and of the fusion and friction of the Jagger/Richards partnership. It's mainly just a fun book to read a song at a time. If you want the history of the band, or just some juicy stories, there are better books, but if you want an idea of the atmosphere they recorded in, and how the songs came together, this is worth your time.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enlightening 16 février 2014
Par K. Walker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very enjoyable read. Obviously one wishes there were certain songs Mr. Janovitz would have covered (more of the Mick Taylor years and less of the later stuff for me personally) but there's only so much a writer can do and in trying to give a representative look over the length of the band's career, this book does an admirable job. I like how Janovitz mixes in both musical and historical information in relatively equal measures. It's surprising to learn how often the actual Stones did not play on certain records! All in all, a nice refererence book.
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