A gritty, one-of-a-kind backstage account of the world’s greatest touring band, from the opinionated music journalist who was along for the ride as a young reporter for Rolling Stone in the 1990s
ONE OF THE TOP FIVE ROCK BIOGRAPHIES OF THE YEAR—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—KIRKUS REVIEWS
A book inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Rich Cohen’s fresh and galvanizing narrative history of the Rolling Stones begins with the fateful meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on a train platform in 1961—and goes on to span decades, with a focus on the golden run—from the albums Beggars Banquet (1968) to Exile on Main Street (1972)—when the Stones were at the height of their powers. Cohen is equally as good on the low points as the highs, and he puts his finger on the moments that not only defined the Stones as gifted musicians schooled in the blues, but as the avatars of so much in our modern culture. In the end, though, after the drugs and the girlfriends and the bitter disputes, there is the music—which will define, once and forever, why the Stones will always matter.
Praise for The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones
“Fabulous . . . The research is meticulous. . . . Cohen’s own interviews even yield some new Stones lore.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[Cohen] can catch the way a record can seem to remake the world [and] how songs make a world you can’t escape.”—Pitchfork
“No one can tell this story, wringing new life even from the leathery faces of mummies like the Rolling Stones, like Rich Cohen. . . . The book beautifully details the very meaning of rock ’n’ roll.”—New York Observer
“Masterful . . . Hundreds of books have been written about this particular band and [Cohen’s] will rank among the very best of the bunch.”—Chicago Tribune
“Cohen, who has shown time and time again he can take any history lesson and make it personal and interesting . . . somehow tells the [Stones’] story in a whole different way. This might be the best music book of 2016.”—Men’s Journal
“[Cohen’s] account of the band’s rise from ‘footloose’ kids to ‘old, clean, prosperous’ stars is, like the Stones, irresistible.”—People
“You will, as with the best music bios, want to follow along on vinyl.”—The Washington Post
“A fresh take on dusty topics like Altamont and the Stones’ relationship with the Beatles . . . Cohen takes pilgrimages to places like Nellcôte, the French mansion where the Stones made Exile on Main Street, and recounts fascinating moments from his time on tour.”—Rolling Stone
“On the short list of worthwhile books about the Stones . . . The book is stuffed with insights.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Customer ReviewsSee All
not great, not awful
I suggest reading more than just the sample as the previous poster did. That's like hearing one lackluster cut from an album and determining the whole album is bad. Sure he rehashes stuff, but gives you more about the Stones in the later part of the 20th century. More anecdotal than other Stones books in many ways I suppose. Like my title, it's not great, but not awful, and worth a read.
Rehash Money Grab
Nothing new at all. Literally a rehash of every other Stones book written, quoted verbatim from them. Surprising from such an accomplished writer. He tends to lean towards every negative tone he can find towards the band. Again surprising given his work he did with Mick on the series 'Vinyl.'
Don't Waste Your Money
I just downloaded this book.
Read the first 30 pages and deleted it. It is a waste of time. Labored writing, rehashed stories, nothing new in here at all. I stopped at the Dartford train story rehash for the thousandth time before I got sick.
Apologies to the writer, but you were correct about one thing....you did get to the party too late to write a good book on this subject.
If you've read any of the previous good books on The Stones don't waste your time on this one. If you haven't, read one of them, but not this one.
I recommend "Old Gods Almost Dead". This book is dead on arrival.