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The Stone Roses: War and Peace
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The Stone Roses: War and Peace [Format Kindle]

Simon Spence

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Revue de presse

This is the one. It's the definitive biography of the band, stuffed with photos that have never been seen before. The writing feels really fresh and definitive. It's a classic (Alex Heminsley BBC 6 Music Book of the Month )

A comprehensive, no-holds-barred account... details with steely, forensic precision the story of the group's ascent, heyday and spectacular implosion. All the triumphs and disasters are here (The Sunday Times )

A forensic, detailed and beautifully researched history of the Stone Roses.... full of new stuff (John Harris )

For the casual listener, or die-hard fanatic, this is a genuine masterpiece (What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision )

This is the one Stone Roses book fans will want to read. Copies of this superb biography will not remain on shop shelves for long (The Bookseller )

An era-defining, definitive biography (Q )

A loving and detailed biog (Mojo )

Cute on the machinations of the industry and internal band politics (The Times, Book of the Week )

Brilliant... forensically put together (Gordon Smart XFM )

Présentation de l'éditeur

Based on 400 hours of interviews with over seventy of The Stone Roses' closest associates, including six former band members, War and Peace is the first major biography of the band that defined a generation.

Originally planned in collaboration with Reni, the reclusive drummer, this book had been a year in the making when the Roses, against all odds, announced their re-formation. It is a remarkable coda to an astonishing story. In 1989 their debut album and the single 'Fools Gold' made them the most exciting British export since the Sex Pistols. With their incendiary aura the Roses became figureheads of the 'Madchester' movement

War and Peace traces the band's genesis, studded with violent gigs and abandoned recordings, and shaped by their infamous manager Gareth Evans. As their jeans grew wider and their songs more anthemic, the Roses' legendary gigs culminated in the era-defining Spike Island show in 1990. From this pinnacle the unravelling was spectacular. With the band refusing to play in America, arrested for vandalizing a record company and dragged through the High Court, the epic recording of their dark second album is the stuff of legend. They disbanded in turmoil in 1996.

Since then the Roses myth has grown even bigger. 'I Wanna Be Adored', 'She Bangs the Drums', 'Waterfall', 'This Is the One' and 'I Am the Resurrection' have become national anthems, and their first album is widely recognized as one of the best ever made.

But the true story behind their rise and fall - and resurrection - has never been told. Until now. From the Manchester backwaters to the worldwide 2012 tour, War and Peace lays bare the irresistible tale of the last of the great bands.

* With 40 unseen photos, including from renowned rock photographer Dennis Morris

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5241 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 324 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (7 juin 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007TB5RYC
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Adequate -- but mistake-laden, unbalanced, and strangely cold 13 octobre 2013
Par Tatsuya - Publié sur
When I read the fantastic Intro to this book, I thought Spence had at last done what Stone Roses fans wanted -- delivered a scholarly, well-researched and sources-cited, well-written, thorough account of the band's rise and fall. The introduction details the famous Spike Island concert on May 27th, 1990, and does a wonderful job of painting a portrait of it, far better than any descriptions we've yet seen.

From there, however, the book declines. Strangely, the early sections about Squire, Brown, and co.'s youth, and the latter sections about the Second Coming and its 1995 tour, are for some reason far more interesting and well-written than the coverage of the classic 1989-90 period when the band was at its peak of musical/cultural importance. Those sections seem to speed by, and reveal nothing new or of particular interest. After the band disappear in mid-1990 (for four-and-a-half years, as it turned out), the tone of the book becomes clinical and technical, far too tied up in legal matters and we lose sight of The Roses themselves (you know, those people who actually make the music). Kudos to Spence, however, for revealing lots of new information about this period and about the Second Coming... however, by this point in the narrative, he's lost all touch with the people that are the band. If you're curious what, say, John Squire thought and felt about becoming a famous guitar-slinger in the course of a few months, or how this affected his personal life, you've come to the wrong book, because you won't find out here. Spence also falls well short on musical analysis, of which there's nearly none.

Few band's histories have been as error-laden as The Roses', through three full-length books (two not bad -- this one and Robb's; one atrocious -- Middles'). As one random example of an error by Spence, here's a quote regarding the first 'comeback' concert in Oslo, on April 19th, 1995:

"The gig, the Roses' first live date since June 1991, did not go well. After twenty minutes, frustrated with how the band were sounding, Squire smashed his guitar and walked off stage. Mani smashed his bass." [p.230]

In actual fact:
-- It was the first live date since June 1990 -- Spence is off by an entire year
-- After twenty minutes, the band were into 'Daybreak', which Squire played through in its entirely
-- Squire did not smash his guitar at this gig at all (he did, several days later, in Copenhagen)
-- Squire did not walk off stage at all
-- Mani did not smash his bass at all (he did this in Atlanta, USA, a month later)

So, there's four errors in just two sentences. All the sources carefully cited by Spence thus amount to nothing, since the book clearly wasn't fact-checked.

Whether a curious fan chooses John Robb's zealous, exciting, and horribly written and edited bio, or this adequate-in-most-respects-but-lacking-zeal product depends on one's preference. Robb is more like a excitable fanboy, and Spence more of a proud but distant researcher -- unfortunately, neither is much of a writer and the Roses are ill-served again (which makes me think that Ian Brown's telling Reni -- at the moment the Roses decided to reform -- to cut off all ties with Spence was a very good idea!).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The great story of a great band. 28 août 2013
Par Andy Talbot - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you agree with the latter part of this review title you'll love this. I consider myself a fan but learnt a great deal from the story, which rollercoasters like any good tale. After reading on the Kindle I'm even keen to buy the hard copy for the photos! A fantastic account.
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