Brian Jones

  • by Paul Trynka
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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

What did you love best about Brian Jones?

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.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- M. Graham

Rolling Stones' founder and visionary musician

Brian Jones may have been a less than matey band mate. He may have been a sucky boyfriend with a trail of illegitimate kids. He may have been a druggie and charter member of the 21 Club.

But he founded the Rolling Stones and defined its mood and sound and image in the early period. And maybe he wasn't all those other things listed above, or was them but not to the degree handed down by posterity and people with axes to grind. So this author suggests and sets about retrieving Jones from the swirl of myth.

The book is not as entertaining as Keith Richards' stunning memoir, Life. It is after all a history and always keeps you outside Jones' head and looking at him through the eyes of others.

The book will reignite your interest in the earlier Stones albums, before the Big Bang of Exile on Main Street. It will also give you a greater appreciation for this multi-instrumentalist and musical visionary who came out of London's blues revival, exemplified by Alexis Korner, and which gave rise to Cream among others in the early 1960s.
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- true britty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio