As The Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism show opens in London, it seems a good time for us to publish our deluxe, upgraded and updated Ultimate Music Guide to The Rolling Stones. In it, you’ll find a definitive survey of the band’s storied career, told with the aid of in-depth reviews of every single Stones album and a wealth of interviews from the archives of NME, Melody Maker and Uncut.
“At the moment and for the next 10 years I’m happy,” Keith Richards announces in 1964. “Whether it will last, I don’t know.”
Our 148 pages act as testament to the fact that the Stones did what no-one, 50 years ago, thought was possible: make an engrossing lifelong career out of the uncertain business of being in a rock’n’roll band.
“It’s ‘orrible to be the Grand Old Men,” Jagger told Melody Maker in, yes, 1972. “If all this talk gets any worse I’ll be getting another band…”