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Blown Away: The Rolling Stones and the Death of the Sixties

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From the acclaimed biographer, novelist, and screenwriter comes an unparalleled portrait of the Rolling Stones, an expose of the mysterious death of the band's founder, Brian Jones, and a stunning exploration of the sixties. 8 pages of black-and-white photographs.
Hardcover, First Edition, 416 pages
Published September 1990 by Simon & Schuster
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Suzanne
Jun 28, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it
3 stars might be too good for it, but it must have been just the diversion I was looking for, because I read it in less than 4 days and was entertained. More of a Beatles/Bowie girl myself, I was never a huge Stones fan, but I am fascinated by all that went on in the rock world in the ‘60s when I was at that “impressionable age.” (I’m not saying exactly . . . just that I was impressionable. Trust me.) I initially chose this to read as an introduction to Anita Pallenberg, whose name I only first ...more
Kathy  Petersen
This is a thoroughly unpleasant book - not the book itself but the lives of Brian Jones and his fellow Stones. I like their music, but their drugs and violence and excesses made me grateful that my son did not, as he tried to do, become a rock 'n roll star keyboardist. (He's now a theatre musician and musical director, not as glamorous but ultimately more liveable.)

Hotchner uses several series of interviews with commentary to tell the story. It's not a bad way to report it all, twenty years aft
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Tobin Elliott
Jan 17, 2016 Tobin Elliott rated it liked it
An interesting, if overlong detailing of the Stones through the Sixties, and the death of Brian Jones. It's a pretty ugly story, overall, and it really paints Jagger in a bad light. But it's also an interesting look into the alien world of the Lords of Rock, those who've achieved a godlike status that most of us can't even conceive of.

On the other hand, it's also very much a standard success story of meeting the right people at the right time, and leaving a trail of blood and bodies in your wake
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Super Amanda
Mar 23, 2013 Super Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: rock-books
Loads of inaccuracies!I just reread "Blown Away" after almost twenty years, it floored me back in the day but despite being interesting it just seems to fizzle now in comparison despite still being an essential Stones read. I not only caught many mistakes when it came to basic class and historical aspects of the UK (eg:Cheltenham Spa is NOT or never was a "lower class suburb of London"-it is a perennially wealthy area almost two hours away tucked into the Costwolds countryside!) Nor was "John F ...more
Ryan
Jul 17, 2013 Ryan rated it really liked it
Despite Vietnam, civil rights and an itchy trigger-finger political climate, this book shows a lot of the "peace and love" counterculture was rooted in selfishness. While a tremendous amount of good was done to advance human rights and eventually end the Vietnam war, a lot of the '60s idealism proved to be a mere exercise in self-indulgence of any kind, often at a tremendous cost to others, and especially if one had an audience. The Altamont concert is a perfect example. It happened again at the ...more
Lynn Macintosh
Oct 04, 2011 Lynn Macintosh rated it it was ok
Interesting information on the Stones. However, the author clearly does not like Jagger, nor the Rolling Stones in general. His "murder" theory concerning Brian Jones and "evidence" to support this theory is weak if not runours.
I fully understand why the Stones did not authorize this book.
Jacki
Jun 13, 2012 Jacki rated it liked it
Pure entertainment! No wonder the Stones didn't endorse it! The author uses interviews without dates, which makes it a questionable arrangement for argument about authenticity. But I enjoyed the gossip, found several discrepancies and the conspiracy theory is just that...a theory.
Althea
Apr 14, 2015 Althea rated it liked it
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Yet another Rolling Stones bio. This one, written by A. E. Hotchner, uses personal interviews with friends, contemporaries and significant others to flesh out the facts about the death of Brian Jones, albeit twenty years after the occurrence.
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A. E. Hotchner is the author of many books and plays. He graduated from Washington University Law School in 1941, practiced law briefly, then served in the Air Force as a military journalist. After his stint in the armed forces, Hotchner met Ernest Hemingway, and the two spent the next 14 years as close friends. Hotchner is best known for Papa Hemingway, his 1966 biography of Ernest Hemingway, ...more
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