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 27, was volatile and tragic. Even now the full story of his downfall is still largely untold.
Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones' 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' 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.
"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture." (Kirkus)
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Great story, exceptionally well narrated
First, this is one of the VERY few pop music biographies that is appropriately narrated. I've listened to countless audiobooks about famous musicians, and, with the exception of the wonderfully written and narrated Tune In (first volume of Mark Lewisohn's biography of the Beatles), they have been disappointing. Unfortunately, American narrators seem to be the worst: either pretentious in diction or remarkably "off" in tone and pace. They never match the spirit of the books OR the spirit of rock music.
At first I thought the narrator might grow tedious (he sounds like an old-fashioned school master in the beginning), but as the story went on, I thought he captured exactly the right archness and irony that many of the incidents and quotations call for. AND: So far (I'm almost finished with the recording), he hasn't mispronounced a single foreign (or American) proper name (something every other recording, even the Beatles' biography, is flawed by, almost to the point of hilarity).
Well written, quite balanced look at the musical roots, inspirations, and rip-offs that have marked the Stones' career.
PLEASE urge the producers of audiobooks to choose narrators who can capture the tone and spirit of the stories they read. This audiobook, and Lewisohn's audiobook, are models of how rock stories should be told.
- M. Graham
Rolling Stones' founder and visionary musician
- true britty