New Book Explores Rolling Stones' Exile and Transition

04/18/2014
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A new book that gives a first hand account of a transition period in the career of the Rolling Stones, "Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile" is set to be released on May 13th in North America.

The publisher sent over these details about the book: In 1971, the Rolling Stones announced that they would be going into tax exile in the South of France. They would do a final "farewell" tour of Great Britain for two weeks in March. Two shows were played every night and the set list included, not only classics like "Midnight Rambler" and "Satisfaction," but also tracks from their unreleased album, Sticky Fingers.

Robert Greenfield was the only journalist allowed to accompany the band on this whirlwind tour. He provides a first-hand account of the end of the first chapter of this band's extraordinary career.

After this tour, the Rolling Stones would never go back to the small shows, where they would jump on stage and just perform. From then on, there would be rehearsals, sound checks, backstage passes, and security. This last tour of Great Britain marked an end to a time when one of the greatest bands in history could play rock 'n' roll the way it was meant to be played.

Here is the official synopsis: For ten days in March 1971, the Rolling Stones traveled by train and bus to play two shows a night in many of the small theaters and town halls where their careers began. No backstage passes. No security. No sound checks or rehearsals. And only one journalist allowed. That journalist now delivers a full-length account of this landmark event, which marked the end of the first chapter of the Stones' extraordinary career.

Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye is also the story of two artists on the precipice of mega stardom, power, and destruction. For Mick and Keith, and all those who traveled with them, the farewell tour of England was the end of the innocence.

Based on Robert Greenfield's first-hand account and new interviews with many of the key players, this is a vibrant, thrilling look at the way it once was for the Rolling Stones and their fans-and the way it would never be again. Pre-order the book here.

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