Bill German was a fairly normal teenager growing up in Brooklyn - frustrated at girls, frustrated at school, but mostly frustrated at the poor reporting in magazines and on the radio of his favorite band, The Rolling Stones. So, on his sixteenth birthday, dressed in his pajamas, he set out to, well, set the record straight on Mick, Keith, Ron, and Charlie.
Beggars Banquet started as a simple fanzine, but as luck would have it, the band was living only a subway ride away. After chasing them around, forcing issues into their hands, and following their every move in the column "Where the Boys Go", he broke into their inner sanctum. He started to get on guest lists, invitations to parties, and eventually became more than just a fan, and, more importantly, more than just a journalist.
When Bill was 21, Beggars Banquet became the official Rolling Stones newsletter. He went on tours around the world, watched shows backstage, co-wrote a book with Ron Wood, drank Jack Daniels with Keith, spilled orange juice on Mick's Persian rug, partied at Eric Clapton's London flat, and was considered a friend of the biggest band in the world.
Under Their Thumb is a true life Almost Famous, but instead with the biggest names in rock 'n roll. Bill German's only job ever was working with the Rolling Stones. Sounds like a dream; but his story quickly causes him to heed Keith's fatherly advice (which was dispensed over whiskey, of course), and to reconsider this dream. You want to hang with the Stones? Be careful what you wish for....
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