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The Rolling Stones

A Musical Biography

by Murry Nelson

 

In 1962, The Rolling Stones were just one of many music groups springing up across England. But by June of 1965, "The Stones" had established themselves as a global phenomenon. Today, The Rolling Stones are still the most popular band in the world, and are acknowledged as one of the greatest cultural icons in modern history.

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July 2010

Greenwood

Pages 159
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts

This comprehensive book documents the nearly half-century-long story of The Rolling Stones—the group many regard as the most eminent rock band ever.

By 1964 the United States had been "invaded" by a number of British bands, led by the Beatles. The Rolling Stones were seen as more rebellious and rowdy than The Beatles—they were the "bad boys" as opposed to the "good boys"—and this reputation only served to enhance their popularity with their teenage fans. The Stones far outlasted the Beatles and all the other 60s-era British bands, however The Rolling Stones not only continued, but flourished, their tours drawing enormous crowds for decades.

The Rolling Stones: A Musical Biography chronicles the fascinating adventures of these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and sheds light on what has allowed these music legends to enjoy such lifelong popularity and success.

Features

  • A clear timeline of key events in the life of the band that encompasses over 40 years
  • Images of the band members and their performances across time
  • Print and nonprint resources for student research
  • Appendices of albums, awards, film appearances, and more

Highlights

  • Text is easy to read yet fully documented, making it ideal for student research
  • Reference features such as a timeline, appendices, and bibliography make this book a convenient resource
  • By placing the biography of the band against the constantly evolving historical contexts, this text gives students a rich learning experience about social history and popular culture
  • Vintage photos help students visualize not only the members of the band and their performances, but also comprehend the social climate of the time
Author Info

Murry R. Nelson is professor emeritus of education and American studies at Penn State University. His published works include Bill Russell: A Biography; Shaquille O'Neal: A Biography; and The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949. He has been a Fulbright scholar in Iceland, Norway, and Hungary.

Chris Smith is editorial consultant for popular culture titles at Greenwood Press. His work has appeared in numerous publications, ranging from Rolling Stone to the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He currently teaches cultural criticism at the University of British Columbia, and has authored three books on music, including 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music.

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