Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones by Bill JanovitzTo Bill Janovitz, all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different. Each exposes a little more of their soul.
Written by Stones fanatic, musician, and writer Bill Janovitz, this is a song-by-song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the bands career while expanding upon their recording and personal history through insightful and energetic prose. With its conversational tone - much like friends poring over old records on a Saturday afternoon - the book presents the musical leaps taken by the band and a discussion of how the lyrical content both reflected and influenced popular culture. The song choices - fifty in all - are chronological and subjective. Most 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 mans companion that will spur readers to dust off those old albums and listen in with a newfound perspective on one of the most famous and acclaimed rocknroll bands of all time.
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Mick Jagger lasciviously intones an "oh yeah," pitched perfectly between earnestness and irony. This sequence lasts all of five seconds, but you'd be hard-pressed to find five seconds that better articulate the brilliance of the Rolling Stones, much in the way that Exile , the band's shambling sprawl of a double-album that has recently enjoyed a re-issue , perfectly captures a too-brief period during which Rolling Stones were finally and indisputably the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. Then it all ended nearly as soon as it began. Exile on Main Street may well be, as many claim, the finest album of the Stones's career, but it's also the sound of a slow implosion, of things falling apart, both the end of the Rolling Stones as the world had come to know them and the end of an era of rock and roll music as well. After Exile the band's dual appetite for drugs and infighting grew increasingly consumptive: 's Goat's Head Soup had moments of brilliance but also felt disjointed and fragmentary, while 's It's Only Rock 'n' Roll seemed half-baked and half-hearted. By the time the forgettable Black and Blue was released in the Stones were sounding more and more like hucksters, lazily plumbing fans' memories of former glories. It's an image they've never entirely managed to shake since, despite a career of unprecedented longevity.
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Whether it be a deep album cuts or your favorite live version, Rocks Off captures the riffs, the grooves, and the blazing Mick Taylor solo's from their golden era of , a la Ladies and Gentlemen. But let's not overlook the songs of the mid 60's that launched the Stones as rock and roll superstars; Rocks Off nails all your favorites from the Brian Jones and Ronnie Wood eras as well.
Exile on Main St. It was first released as a double album on 12 May by Rolling Stones Records and was the band's tenth studio album released in the United Kingdom. Many tracks were recorded in and at Olympic Studios and Jagger's Stargroves country house in England during sessions for Sticky Fingers. Guitarist Keith Richards had rented the villa to live in while the band lived abroad as tax exiles. The Stones were already practiced with recording outside of a major studio, as much of the principle recording of their prior album, Sticky Fingers , had been done at Stargroves , lead singer Mick Jagger 's country home in Hampshire , using a mobile recording studio. Keith Richards lived upstairs in the main house, and frequent house guests, often other musician friends of the band, would wander down to the recording studio to jam with the band and lay down tracks. Daily recording sessions went on for hours into the night, with personnel varying greatly from day to day depending on who was present.