Brian Jones

Brian Jones

The Making of the Rolling Stones

Book - 2014
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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' 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670014743
0670014745
Branch Call Number: 781.66 Tr
Description: 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Jun 03, 2015

"Though you change with every new day, still I'm gonna miss you."
The casual Stones fan might look at old LP covers and wonder, "Who is that blonde dude?" Brian Jones named and co-founded the Stones in 1962 (the year of their first gig at the Marquee club) and was the architect of their amped up, high energy blues sound in the early years. Encouraged by Svengali producer/manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards eventually became the songwriting team and fulcrum of the band and Jones would not only be pusher out, but Jones's dark lady of a girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, would hook up with Richards. Jones would become increasingly erratic, floating away on a sea of booze and drugs before being ignominiously booted from the band he founded and dying in his swimming pool in 1969. He was 27. Paul Tryknka, who has written book on Bowie and Iggy Pop, takes it as his mission of rescuing Jones from the mists, as he feels Jones's contributions have been played down and he's been conveniently pushed to the margins or written out of the Stones mythology. He makes a good case for Jones as the primary mover in their early years, the one who loved American blues and believed it could be successful in the hands of British musicians. He also embodied the dark energies that the Stones would become associated with; a teenage rebel, a womanizer with children by multiple women, a dabbler in the occult, a drug and alcohol addict (perhaps). If there's any interesting or unexpected instrument on an early Stones song (marimba, autoharp, sitar), it's probably Brian. The story will appeal to all Stones fan, even if the band's treatment of Jones becomes increasingly neglectful, if not outright cruel, with few regrets expressed by the participants. Stoic bassist Bill Wyman and Marianne Faithfull (whose book also shows how nasty the Stones inner circle could be) are rare voices who stand up for Jones. In the book's most poignant moment, Faithfull recalls opening a letter to Mick that said "Please let me come back in. I'll play bongos, anything, but please let me come back in."
Jones's was hardly any easy person and was certainly self-destructive, but you can't helped but me moved and a little disgusted by Mick, Keith, and Oldham's behavior towards him. A revealing and fascinating book for the devotee of Stones history. "Brian invented the Stones, hot-wired their music, of of this sense of dissatisfaction, but success didn't ease his frustrations, it confirmed them."

Armdis Nov 19, 2014

Very well researched and detailed biography of the true story of the REAL founder of the Rolling Stones. Illuminating and infuriating, you will never think of Mick and Keith the same way after you read about the shitty way they treated the man who influenced them and created their brand. Some sample passages:

(Describing the legal strategy and the power play between managers Allen Klein and Andrew Loog Oldham after the drug bust at Keith Richards' home at Redlands):
"When the main players convened for a meeting later in February, Klein took charge - the tough guy who would see off the villains. Andrew Oldham, in contrast, could hardly conceal his fear. 'We were told that, after the Stones, the police were gonna go for the suits,' says his Immediate partner Tony Calder. 'And I never saw a man pack his bag so quickly. He was terrified.' Klein seemed to understand Oldham's paranoia and instructed his young, volatile business partner that the only way to avoid further busts, and press intrusion, was to lie low. Gered Mankowitz was by now Oldham's main confidant in the organization. They discussed what was going down, and the instructions Klein had given Oldham: 'Don't hang out with them. Don't communicate with them. And whatever you do, don't talk to the press.' It seems Klein's advice made Oldham more paranoid, not less. He felt he was 'in very dangerous territory', says Mankowitz. 'We were told to keep a low profile and given the impression that we were on very thin ice'.
Klein's words of wisdom meant that Oldham would remain largely absent over the following months. The embattled Stones saw this as cowardice, Oldham deserting his post as the battle intensified; his disappearance became a key factor in his estrangement from the band. This left Klein in sole charge and ultimately ensured he took control of the Stones' Impact Productions catalogue. 'He was always playing a double game,' says Mankowitz. 'Clearly Klein was the most horrible and manipulative person. I can see that now, but could not then.' Oldham's position had become all the more vulnerable because in September 1966, after relinquishing all business management to Klein, he'd handed over press duties to old-hand PR Les Perrin."

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