Brian Jones

Brian Jones

The Making of the Rolling Stones

Format
Hardcover
Price
$28.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670014743
  • 384 Pages
  • Viking
  • Adult

Overview

For the first time, the complete story of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones and the early years of the band

Brian Jones was the golden boy of the Rolling Stones—the visionary who gave the band its name and its sound. Yet he was a haunted man, and much of his brief
time with the band, before his death in 1969 at the infamous age of twenty-seven, was volatile and tragic. Some of the details of how Jones was dethroned are well
known, but the full story of his downfall is still largely untold.

Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones’s life, which for the first time details his pioneering achievements and messy unraveling. With more than 120 new interviews, Trynka offers countless new revelations and sets straight the tall tales that have long marred Jones’s legacy. His story is a gripping battle between
creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. It’s all here: the girlfriends, the drugs, and some of the greatest music of all time.

Victors get to write history—but it’s rarely fully true. The complete, magnificent story of the Rolling Stones can never be told until we disentangle all the threads and put Brian Jones back in the foreground.

Praise

Brian Jones . . . is revisionist history of the best kind—scrupulously researched and cogently argued—and should be unfailingly interesting to any Stones fan ”
—Larry Rohter, New York Times
 
Brian Jones . . . is the first serious, thoroughly reported biography of the ill-fated Stone, with extensive new research into Jones’ privileged but difficult childhood and his transformation by the exotic language and vitality of American blues.”
RollingStone.com
 
“[A] thoughtful, thorough bio based on lots of new interviews that shed light on his neglected life and controversial death”
Hollywood Reporter (Top 10 Music Books of 2014)
 
“In all, this is a must-read for Stones fans. If as the years continue to go by and Brian Jones becomes more and more a mere player in the tale he created, this book should bring him back into the position he belongs.”
—Glide Magazine
 
“Paul Trynka gives us a balanced and compassionate portrait of a guy who has been slagged off and diminished a lot in Rolling Stones history. The fact is there would have been no Rolling Stones without him. He at least deserves some respect for that. Brian Jones: The Making of The Rolling Stones delivers it.”
—Mike Segretto, Psychobabble
 
“Trynka has forged what may be the last great Stones book.”
Kris Needs, Shindig Magazine
 
“Magnificent and controversial . . . a monumental book”
Paul Gleason, Stereo Embers magazine
 
“Impeccably researched, it will overturn all you’ve been spoon-fed by ‘the victors’.”
Ian Fortnam, Classsic Rock 
 
“A fantastic piece of work, and a great counter balance to Mick and Keith’s revisionist history.”
— James Marshall
 
“An impressive undertaking and a consistently interesting read. Stones fans owe it to themselves to get a new perspective on [this] anti-hero.”
—Jake G Rascoff, Dartmouth Review
 
“Paul Trynka―as he did in his biographies of David Bowie and Iggy Pop―does a masterful job in presenting a life that had a profound effect upon kids on both sides of the Atlantic. “
—Mike Greenblatt, The Aquarian
 
“A great, cautionary tale”
—George Byrne, Irish Independent
 
“Thorough and well researched”
—Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
 
“Fascinating . . . wonderful at evoking that very non-modern age of the 50s and 60s”
—Mark Blake, Mojo
 
“By many accounts, Brian Jones was the visionary of the Rolling Stones, though he gets little of the credit. Paul Trynka puts the multi-instrumentalist at the forefront in Brian Jones.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak . . . .Trynka’s portrait is that of a young man determined to get what he wanted, flaunting conventions and consequences and exhibiting little conscience as he cemented his ambition to become a professional musician . . . . An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture.”
—Kirkus Reviews
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