Although they did not know it then, when the Rolling Stones
embarked on their farewell tour of Great Britain in March 1971
after having announced they were about to go into tax exile in the
south of France, it was the end of an era. For the Stones, nothing
would ever be the same again.
For ten days on that tour, the Rolling Stones traveled by train and
bus to play two shows a night in many of the same small town halls
and theaters where they had begun their career. Performing brand
new songs like "Bitch," "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Can''t
You Hear Me Knockin''" from their as-yet-unreleased album
Sticky Fingers live on stage for the very first time, they
also played classics like "Midnight Rambler," "Honky Tonk Women,"
"Satisfaction," "Street Fighting Man," and Chuck Berry''s "Little
Queenie" and "Let It Rock."
Because only one journalistRobert Greenfieldwas allowed to
accompany the Stones on this tour, there has never before been a
full-length account of the landmark event that marked the end of
the first chapter of the Rolling Stones'' extraordinary
In a larger sense, Ain''t It Time We Said Goodbye is the
story of two artists on the precipice. For Mick Jagger and Ketih
Richards, as well as those who traveled with them, the Rolling
Stones'' farewell tour of England was the end of the innocence. No
laminates. No backstage passes. No security. No sound checks and no
rehearsals. Just the Rolling Stones on the road playing rock ''n''
roll the way it was truly meant to be seen and heard.
Based on Greenfield''s first-hand account as well as new interviews
with many of the key players, Ain''t It Time We Said
Goodbye is a vibrant and thrilling look at the way it once was
and would never be again in the world according to the Rolling