Rolling with the Stones

Bill Wyman, Rolling Stones bassist of 25 years, is not only a fine writer (his autobiography Stone Alone is considered one of the best rock tomes ever), but he’s also kept a daily diary since the band’s inception and is a memorabilia packrat bordering on obsessive-compulsive disorder. This colorful coffee table book includes ticket stubs and programs from every venue the Stones played, descriptions of what they were wearing on any given day, every argument and shred of gossip, psychological profiles, and who played and wrote what on every song. As with the music, the book falters after Brian Jones’ death, with the exception of Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, the two LPs where replacement Mick Taylor and Keith Richards reached guitar nirvana before burning out on hard drugs and following disco-Jagger into arena rock.