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Stanley Booth, The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones (2000)

This book traces the band from its beginnings, but the real center of this book is 1969, when rock journalist Booth traveled with the Stones on their tour. That pivotal year, which included both Brian Jones’ death and the disastrously violent Altamont Speedway Free Festival concert, gets the star treatment in this volume. Although the book may focus on a later period than some readers would like, it is far and away the best book on the Stones.

Keith Richards, Life (2010)

If you are interested in the man behind the riff, you will not be disappointed by this memoir. Described by the critics as "rollicking and raw," "gossipy, profane, and moving," and "one of the greatest rock memoirs ever," the book is already being labeled a classic.

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