The Rolling Stones in the Sixties


A people’s history of the Rolling Stones in the words of over 600 fans

The Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 by Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Together with Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, the Stones were pop music’s bad boys, making newspaper headlines because they grew their hair long, refused to wear matching stage outfits and wouldn’t smile for the cameras. The British establishment hated them and British teenagers loved them, seeing them as the antidote to the saccharine harmonies of the clean cut Beatles. With a string of British and international hits including ‘Little Red Rooster’, ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘The Last Time’, the Stones’ mixture of original tunes and well-crafted cover versions brought R&B to the masses and gave exposure to blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Reed. 60 years on from their starting out, this collection of over 600 fan memories of the classic Stones line up tells the Rolling Stones story afresh, from their earliest ever performances on the London pub and club circuit through to teen hysteria and Stonesmania and on to national and international success on the back of the global hit single ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, conquering America and the world.

Culminating in the death of Brian Jones in 1969, this is the story of the Rolling Stones in the 1960s told in a completely unique way – in the words of the audience.

The Rolling Stones in the Sixties – A People’s History is a 432 page limited edition hardback containing over 600 memories of the Stones in concert and original photographs and fan memorabilia published with over 100 new stories to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.

The Rolling Stones in the Sixties – A People’s History is published on 23 September 2022. Pre-publication orders will ship w/c 12 September 2022.

(Previously published as The Rolling Stones – I Was There but now with additional material including over 100 more stories).


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