Symphony for the Devil: The Rolling Stones Story

Looks at the development and the music of the rock group The Rolling Stones Philip Norman is also the author of The Beatles.
Symphony for the Devil The Rolling Stones Story Looks at the development and the music of the rock group The Rolling Stones Philip Norman is also the author of The Beatles

  • Title: Symphony for the Devil: The Rolling Stones Story
  • Author: Philip Norman
  • ISBN: 9780440184294
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Symphony for the Devil: The Rolling Stones Story”

    1. Just begun exploring the Stones back catalogue and thought I'd check up their history.Reads more like a sunday serial than a serious biography. Learned more on and the links therein.What does he have against Mick Jagger? Bill Wyman barely gets a mention (updated last chapter focuses on Bill's relationships and sex life rather than his contribution to the band). Mick Taylor warrants only a brief mention (musically they were at their best during his time with them). One strength of the book is it [...]

    2. Strange to think of rock 'n' roll as history now, to those of us who grew up with it. But there it is.I gravitated toward this book thanks to the author's wonderful bio of John Lennon. First graf:~When the black man was alone and destitute, he played the blues. With a roof over his head, however leaky, he played rhythm and blues. The difference is as great as between the country and the city; between Southern cotton fields and Eastern ghettoes; between fatalistic old age and vigorous, upwardly m [...]

    3. Published in 1984, Symphony For The Devil is Philip Norman's Stones bio and it ain't bad. It's not gossipy or snide and Norman manages to impart a sense of the wild ride of The Rolling Stones. His writing is solid and he keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace. For 396 pages, it's a quick read.There isn't a great depth of detail here. I'm always curious about the recording process and any stories relating to that sort of thing, but this book sticks to general events. I think the recording o [...]

    4. The best thing about the book is the daggers out for Mick Jagger. With much hilarity, Norman paints a portrait of the nastiest bastard you could imagine - the sort of predatory guy you wouldn't dare leave alone with your girlfriend for 5 minutes, or the kind of tight bastard who would inevitably leave the bar when it was his turn to buy the next round. Of course the real nasty member of the band was Brian Jones, a wife beating, child abandoning hedonistic fucker - yet he gets a fairly sympatheti [...]

    5. Probably the most detailed and well written book about The Stones ever written. Norman is a master writer and he spares no detail. What makes this interesting is that he doesn't glamorize The Stones. In this book they're human beings who are total self indulgent assholes one minute and really cool guys the next. In the end, this is a story of fame, money, drugs, booze, sex (don't miss the part about the Mars bar), rock 'n' roll, and the greatest rock band of all time.

    6. Every single page of that book is an entertaining journey through the best days of rock&roll kings :)))

    7. And here it is, my last review of 2017, and my 190th book of the year. Woo-hoo!Norman brings the same meticulous researching and writing ability to this history of the Rolling Stones as he'd previously done in his excellent history of the Beatles, in SHOUT.While you learn so much about Jagger, Richard, Jones, Wyman, Taylor, and Woods, as well as the various girlfriends, managers, hangers-on, and anyone else used and abused and left in their wake, I think the one that stands out by his almost con [...]

    8. Having read many books on the Stones, this one is better written than most stylistically and does a good job portraying the times and the personalities (Norman, after all, was on the scene at the time and is an Englishman, which helps.) However, the music itself gets shorted at the expense of the text going into great detail about criminal and civil litigation. The narrative sort of ignores everything after '72, except Keith's '78 drug bust, which is disappointing. Also noted a few fact-check er [...]

    9. Of all the books I've read about the Stones this one is particularly well written and researched, crucially with their co-operation. The author covers the main episodes in their career from the mid 60s until the early 80s, the early days of gigging in English town halls and fan mania, the celebrated drug busts and hedonism. There are particularly good chapters on the deterioration and death of Brian Jones in 1969 and the free Hyde Park concert two days later, the tragic Altamont concert later th [...]

    10. In stark contrast to the authors Beatles book he clearly has no deep love for the Stones. There is little on the music and plenty on the myriad trials. A shocking dismissal of Sticky Fingers and the gloss over of Exile on Main Street sum up his thoughts on the music. The book skips along just fine because the history of the Stones is is so rich. The chaps themselves come across as selfish, greedy, and generally unlikeable. Perhaps Bill (other than that 'minor' controversy)' Charlie and Ron come [...]

    11. There's just too much gossip for my liking. Many, many pages filled with detailed descriptions of trials, scandals, police raids. Natomiast polska redakcja (a redaktorów jest kilku (!)), powinna się wstydzić, że wypuściła na rynek książkę z tyloma chochlikami (np. 32-dwulatek, New Oksford Street). A już całkowicie wnerwia mnie, że nigdzie w książce nie pojawia się pełna nazwa zespołu "The Rolling Stones", nawet w cytatach.

    12. Zips through the seventies like they barely happened. Just as the Stones hit their musical stride Norman resorts to just chronicling Jagger's love life and Keith's drug busts. He's a good biographer but the lack of access to the Stones when superstars leaves this incomplete and unbalanced. (Commenting on 1985 copy.)

    13. By far my all time favorite book about the "boys". Written from the help of a roadie/dealer that Keith kept around. It shows how bad things did get at times as well as how they really felt about eachother and how they dealt with the murder at Altamont, wonderful!!!!

    14. I read this book again having read it in the 80s. It's a good biography with which to learn about the Stones but I dislike the author's use of pompous language.

    15. Quite goodl the things I missed back then while I was getting my life started.lots of drugs and sex that I never even realized!

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