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The Stone Roses: And the Resurrection of British Pop

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The band, the lifestyle, the revolution. This classic biography charts the phenomenal rise of The Stone Roses to the icons they are today, using interviews, rehearsal tapes and the archives of author John Robb who was with them from the beginning.

Robb's exclusive inside knowledge of The Stone Roses creates a compelling and intimate insight into how the band single-handedl

Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1997)
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Jan 25, 2008 Damian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: More than just Roses fans - anyone who like pop music
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So... there aren't any new interviews with the band, and there isn't much about the wilderness years, but so what? the band was monotonic at best (when talking, obviously), and who cares about the four years of drug taking? What makes this book one of the best music books i've read is that Robb captures the sheer excitement, the rush, of a band discovering that they can really play, getting local recognition and then taking off, big time. It's a heady adventure, and really makes you feel like yo ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Lucynell rated it liked it
To understand The Stone Roses you have to understand the 1980s and the 1980s, aesthetically and in many other varied ways, sucked so much people a hundred years from now will have a hard time believing they ever happened. Visually, it was like Dante's Inferno. Musically, it wasn't much better. If that sounds like a generalization is because it is. The 1980s, like any other decade, had some amazing music. The problem was that unlike other decades it failed to cross over into the mainstream. Bad t ...more
Ross Cherry
Jun 04, 2013 Ross Cherry rated it really liked it
Wonderfully insightful book written by a wonderfully insightful man. From the outside there doesn't seem much to be noted as exceptional about the Roses but Robb dives as deep as one can go with this one in regards to insight. Fascinating read from start to end.
Mike Worth
Oct 29, 2011 Mike Worth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really informative inside detailed knowledge book written by someone without the vested interest, though falters due to it reading as a collection of magazine columns, so keeps repeating. If it was written as a proper bio, would be 5 stars
Mar 21, 2008 Ben rated it it was ok
They made on of the best albums I've ever heard. Too bad this book isn't any good.
If you really like the band, pick up some issue of Uncut or Mojo (where they praise them at least 6 times a year) and it will probably be better.
Daley Francis
Apr 08, 2014 Daley Francis rated it liked it
One day someone will get to the bit that fascinates me the most about the Stones Roses - the wilderness years. The rise and fall has been done to death (although I loved Shane Meadows' doc Made of Stone'), the bit no one ever really digs into is what the hell happened to them between 91-94, besides the court cases, money and drugs. There's a fascinating tale to be told, but this is more of a pop journalism look at the friendship, formation and fall out. Still good to read if you love The Roses t ...more
Michela O'Brien
Sep 11, 2012 Michela O'Brien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The newest edition of this "must-have-book" for any fan, not only brings the tale up to date to include the long awaited reunion, but also beefs up the old chapters with new bits of interviews from the fab four and many associates, which were missing in the 1997 and 2001 editions.
I really enjoyed it, even if Robb's style is a little bit too prone to repetition. But the subject matter more than compensates for the shortfalls, as well as the fact that Robb has a first account knowledge of the stor
Written by a friend of the band. it had loads of anecdotes but lacked objectivity.
Jun 09, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

One of my all time favourite bands about which I knew little, considering how much I've played their stuff, especially that first wonderful album. I found the book pretty informative therefore. Stodgy in places, particularly for the first third or more; but then they were very slow taking off.

The individual members of the band are endearingly portrayed, warts and all. I'm definitely going to hang on to my copy. I did find John Robb's excessive use of the f--- word tedious and irritating th
Mar 29, 2013 Dpmc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting if you're a Roses fan but the quality of the writing isn't great. Often repeats itself and has a magazine type style. John Robb is an all round good bloke but should stick to his website.
Keith Mckenna
Jan 27, 2012 Keith Mckenna is currently reading it
Interesting book bought it for kindle last year was reading it then fell away from it when i stopped work. i will give a rating when i finish it
Tom Middleton
Feb 28, 2011 Tom Middleton rated it did not like it
I love the Stone Roses, but this is one of the dullest books I hav ever read.
Simon Prentice
Jul 30, 2011 Simon Prentice rated it really liked it
Great book about one of the best bands of all time
Steve Grayell
Oct 07, 2013 Steve Grayell rated it it was amazing
nostalgia on a stick ... hilarious too - a goodgoodgoodread
Feb 21, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it
Great subject, horribly written.
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John Robb is vocalist in the punk rock band Goldblade. Based in Manchester, he has also written several books on music and frequently appears as a journalist/commentator on documentary/light entertainment music shows. While working for Sounds, Robb was the first journalist to interview Nirvana (in 1989), and also later coined the word 'Britpop'.

Robb's books include a biography of The Stone Roses,
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