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Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It) #2020

Under Their Thumb How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones and Lived to Tell About It German is party to all sort of Stones doings many of which are enjoyable quite a few of which are scandalous Great rock n roll Babylon stuff Booklist Starred Review The epic tale of an obsessive tee

  • Title: Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It)
  • Author: Bill German
  • ISBN: 9781400066223
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It) By Bill German, German is party to all sort of Stones doings, many of which are enjoyable, quite a few of which are scandalous Great rock n roll Babylon stuff Booklist Starred Review The epic tale of an obsessive teenager who launched a Rolling Stones fanzine and spent the next two decades capturing the band s whirlwind metamorphosis from behind the scenes.First rate, firsthand German is party to all sort of Stones doings, many of which are enjoyable, quite a few of which are scandalous Great rock n roll Babylon stuff Booklist Starred Review The epic tale of an obsessive teenager who launched a Rolling Stones fanzine and spent the next two decades capturing the band s whirlwind metamorphosis from behind the scenes.First rate, firsthand account of the world s greatest rock n roll band, and a disenchanted chronicle of its increasingly crass commercialization Kirkus ReviewsAs a teenager, Bill German knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life chronicle the career and adventures of his favorite rock band, the Rolling Stones And in 1978, on his sixteenth birthday, he set out to make his dream a reality Feverishly typed in his Brooklyn bedroom, and surreptitiously printed in his high school s mimeograph room German s Stones only newsletter, Beggars Banquet, was born His teachers discouraged it, his parents dismissed it as a phase, and his disco loving classmates preferred the Bee Gees, but, for German, this primitive, pre Internet fanzine was a labor of love And a fateful encounter with his idols on the streets of New York soon proved his efforts weren t in vain.Impressed with Beggars Banquet, the Stones gave the zine instant cred on the rock scene by singing its praises and by inviting German to hang with the band At first a fish out of water in the company of rock royalty, German found himself spilling orange juice on a priceless rug in Mick Jagger s house and getting pegged as a narc by pals of Keith Richards and Ron Wood But before long he became a familiar fixture in the inner sanctum, not just reporting Stones stories but living them He was a player in the Mick versus Keith feud and was an eyewitness to Keith s midlife crisis and Ron s overindulgences He even had a reluctant role in covering up Mick s peccadilloes In the span of a few months, German recalls, I d gone from wanting to know everything about my favorite rock stars to knowing too much In this warts and all book, which includes many never before seen photographs, German takes us to the Stones homes, recording sessions, and concerts around the world He charts the band s rocky path from the unthinkable depths of a near breakup to the obscenely lucrative heights of their blockbuster tours And ultimately, German reveals why his childhood dream come true became a passion he finally had to part with.Under Their Thumb is an up close and extremely personal dispatch from the amazing, exclusive world of the Rolling Stones, by someone who was lucky enough to live it and sober enough to remember it all.

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    1. This was a very entertaining read I recommend to anyone, espeically if you are a Stones fan Bill German was a Stones fan, who founded a fanzine that ended up becoming the official Rolling Stones newsletter He ended up working for them for many years Not only are the Stones stories he share interesting, his journey is really worth the read

    2. One of the most interesting and informative book I ve read about The Stones Bill German s journey was a fascinating one which could only have happened in the 70 s.Great anecdotes about life around the Stones and the many characters in the band and surrounding them Well worth checking out if you have any interest in the Rolling Stones

    3. A Must Read.I recommend this for any and every true Rolling Stones fan Bill German takes you with him on his surreal journey like no one else can or ever will I just finished reading it but I m not done reading it It s that good Thank you Bill German, Keith, Woody I mean, Ronnie Oops and gang

    4. This is written by the author of the Stones newsletter, which, I subscribed to as a kid He started his newsletter as a teenager and a fan and worked his way into the lives of the Stones, so, that aspect is very interesting He goes into tales you can t get from any other source like, day to day life of Keith and Ronnie how they lived, where they lived, what they may do on a boring Thursday afternoon He talks in great detail about the album Dirty Work and I understand now why it s so guitar heavy [...]

    5. Fanaticism and the Rolling Stones How a niice boy from Brooklyn got obsessed with the Stones for seventeen years.Bill German gives a great inside look at the world of rock and roll stars told from the dual perspective of a fan a nd a journalist He follows his band around for numerous world tours and along the way founds a fanzine called Beggars Banquet t o document his journeys He learns and shares many fascinating stories about l life on the road with a touring band as long lived as the Stones [...]

    6. Good readI have not been a big Stones fan but have listened to them over the years Bill German s book gives insight into the personalities of the Stones I do wish he would have said about his post Stones career at the end of the book.

    7. Bill German was a die hard teen age fan of the Stones From his bedroom he started a fanzine and from Brooklyn made connections that brought him into the Stones orbit The band was well established at this point so he didn t see the phenomena from its roots He saw, and importantly understood, the people, the music and the environment surrounding the Rolling Stones for their next 16 or 17 years.This book has a lot to offer on many levels It describes the culture of a major tour, the people who wor [...]

    8. EntertainingEntertaining, revealing narrative confirms your biggest hopes and worst fears about rock royalty and their control freak handlers Great insider stories are the highlight.

    9. So far the only thing I like about this book are the pictures of a young Keith Richards And I ve finished This book should have been fun to read I mean, the title makes me think that Bill German was IN with the Stones and was going to tell me some great stories that would make me even sad that I work for Corporate America Instead, I got a whiny dude making me feel like reading was a chore Not cool, Bill German I started doggy earing is that a word the pages that got a big eye roll from me You s [...]

    10. This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWSUnder Their Thumb How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones and Lived to Tell About It Nonfiction By Bill German Villard Books, 25 Grade BBook in a nutshell Bill German lived out the ultimate fanboy fantasy In 1978, he started Beggars Banquet, a Rolling Stones music zine This started an 18 year journey in which German befriended his idols and Beggars Banquet became the official Stones newsletter.German chronicles t [...]

    11. I love the Stones as much as the next guy, but Bill German s single minded quest to chronicle their every waking moment via his Beggars Banquet fanzine reeks of the desperate maneuverings of a stalker with nothing much on his plate besides staking out hotels, studios, and nightclubs for a quick and fleeting glimpse of his heroes He even dropped out of college to follow his muse but stopped short of shaving his head, climbing a tower, and shooting at pedestrians.But that s not to say there s noth [...]

    12. I m a sucker for rock and roll legends Especially if the legend includes sex, drugs, groupies and death Since this is the Rolling Stones Bill is writing about, I was not disappointed Long interesting story short, when Bill was a lad, he started a fanzine for his favorite band, the Rolling Stones The planets aligned and Bill found himself face to face with his idols, giving Ron Wood a copy of Beggar s Banquet Before he knows it, he is the editor of the official Stone s newsletter, interviewing bo [...]

    13. Under Their Thumb catalogs the dangerously magnetic pull that celebrity and desire to follow a pipe dream can have on a young person s life.Bill German forgoes food, comfortable living conditions, companionship, sex, medical care, family, NYU journalism school for the chance to hang with the stones For 15 years, he gets dogged, mocked, evaded, and given crap combed through minutiae by the band s assistants and salaried member, Ron Wood, that he may use in his Rolling Stones fanzine, Beggars Banq [...]

    14. Are you curious about the Stones post umm 1978 No Well e you interested in what a pain in the ass it was for a dude to run a fanzine called Beggars Banquet for 15 years during the Stones creative nadir I didn t think I would be But I ll give it to this dude he kept me turning pages.He hung out a lot with Woody much that they had an inside joke pertaining to bananas Just eating them Nothing prurient So that s an inside joke that s not gonna get used in the next Apatow joint or maybe it will I hav [...]

    15. German s decade plus of obsessive dedication the Stones, devoid of much fiscal sense or career ambition vastly overrated characteristics anyway makes for a compelling read for anyone who ever alienated friends and neighbors playing Get Yer Ya Yas out too loud and too late.His tone is nicely devoid of the self aggrandizing that often characterizes such memoirs The book mostly avoids prurient cheap thrills and focuses on the music German went apeshit for the sound of the Stones at an early age and [...]

    16. This book is great because the author, Bill German, who ran the grassroots homemade Stones fanzine Beggars Banquet, is a stickler for accuracy he describes himself as an archivist and historian He was a super fan who managed to get into the Stones camp and became friends with Keith Richards and Ron Wood German s story really fleshes out the Stones history, and follows their development from a great band into a merchandising behemoth, a situation which left German depressed rock is now in the han [...]

    17. OMGI m finished, and I disliked the book and the author intensely He makes flip fun of people in this juvenile attempt at writing The ultimate groupie with his Rolling Stones fanzine Beggar s Banquet he is like a Peter Pan who never grew up.The author wants our sympathy and understanding while being condescending as he whines about his life through old TV references that are either unrecognizable or so out dated they are embarrassing There are too many rock books that are better than this one Do [...]

    18. This was interesting not only for what you learn about the Stones and their grand ascent to the top of commercialized music But also for the kind of sad story of a young man blinded by his near adoration of the Stones to the point that it takes over his life He seesaws between somewhat influential and barely hanging on, but he never seems to question that Mixed up in the subtitle says it well It is fascinating to read how this one day leads to the next life went on for so long It had its satisfa [...]

    19. I m no afficionado on the Stones and I still found every page of this memoir worthwhile German stays the course of twenty plus years on the Stones trail and tells some great stories about the band, but also about the crazy crowds that followed them There is an underlying theme about the commercialization of rock n roll music that is predictable from a fan who knew them personally and well way before they filled arenas, but Bill German s treatment of their selling out is personal I could relate t [...]

    20. Grabbed this book for a re read since I was going to a book signing by the author at our local library Really is a great view of the Stones during an usually somwhat under examined period of time in their long career The author s voice throughout is well balanced between his lifelong status as a fan and his professional role of journalist Not to be read if you are looking for analysis of musical influences or how to tune your guitar to Keith s favorite open tuning but for a glimpse into the day [...]

    21. Insider, funny, and all heart Bill German heard his sister s Rolling Stones records when he was 15, and there was no turning back His coming of age and young manhood years were then consumed by the up to the minute fanzine he wrote, published, and distributed to RS fans through the 1980s and into the 1990s His access to the Stones, smart prose style, and self deprecating sense of humor make this one of my favorite music books on a very short list.

    22. I ended up skimming this book after reading the first 50 pages or so It made me terribly uncomfortable because I couldn t get past the feeling that the author was inflating very small events and interactions with the Rolling Stones into much bigger deals than they really were His entire self worth and livelihood are so caught up in the band and their acknowledgement of him that it made me terribly sad.

    23. German produced Beggars Banquet , the official American Stones fanzine, for 17 years, and got to know the band well, especially Keith Richard and Ron Woods Woody The rest of the title should read and lived to tell the tale A well written, frank account of rock and roll, sex and drugs not that Bill had much time for the last two.his fanzine took up all his energy without openly slagging off certain members of the band, it becomes apparent who are the good guys.

    24. Best book ever on the StonesI have to say this was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time Maybe cause I am a Boy from Brooklyn too But Billy s writing is excellent and his Chutzpah is something to be admired Keith s biography is great but this book gives you a wide behind the curtain don t look behind the curtain, said the wizard look at the real Stones and their machine If you love the Stones or love music you will love this book.

    25. This was a very enlightening book It shows how things go on behind the scenes, the things that the public usually don t see It shows how the music business can become a pure money making scheme if the right people allow it to, and how sometimes the people at the bottom get trampled on and taken advantage of by the wrong higher up people.

    26. Entertaining to some extent, but you really have to love the Rolling Stones and I ve never been that much of a fan The author spent a lot of time with them as the group started to split a bit, and he was privy to a lot of their inner workings But, as I said, you ve got to really like the Stones.

    27. Absolutely essential to any hardcore fan of The Rolling Stones It covers years we seldom hear much about Everybody knows the stories from the sixties and seventies, so it s nice to see that the eighties and nineties has stories that are equally wild and fun It s just that nobody ever told them Well, read Bill German s excellent book and learn even It s a great read.

    28. The author obviously did not like Mick Jagger But the book gives great insight into how the rock music industry and how ticket prices are so expensive because of how the Rolling Stones re marketed themselves.

    29. Great book Good perspective from the inside The Stones are one of my favorite bands, and it was nice to read about a different side of them Now I wish I could read some of the zines

    30. An amusing and engrossing account of the author s adventures as the founder of the fanzine Beggars Banquet and his involvment with the Rolling Stones Should be of strong interest to both Rolling Stones fans and those interested in the corporatization and degeneration of popular music.

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