Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

byGreenfield, Robert

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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 journalist—Robert Greenfield—was 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 career.

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 Stones.

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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 trave...

Robert Greenfield, a former Associate Editor of the London bureau of Rolling Stone magazine, is the author of many classic rock books, including STP: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones and Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, as well as the definitive biographies of Timothy Leary and Ahmet Ertegun...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.65 × 5.85 × 0.5 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306823128

ISBN - 13:9780306823121

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MusicTomes.com, 9/5/14“I've been collecting Stones books since that first one in 1964 and, much as I love the huge coffee table jobs, you can't beat up close and personal eye witness accounts from back in the day. Plus he's cleverly added his 2014 insights and clarifications.”---NOT SURE, ANOTHER PERSON MENTIONED HIM IN THEIR INTERVIEWMidwest Book Review, September 2014“Offers an insider's survey of life backstage and the different personalities and encounters of each Stones memberAn outstanding recommendation for any rock music history collection!”PopMatters.com, 10/1/14“Entertaining enough, not surprising given its characters—for whom ‘colorful' hardly covers it—and its evocation of a time when rock still had some countercultural edge and ‘the greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world' hadn't yet become a multimillion dollar corporationGreenfield serves up some new stuff, including tasty gossip, to keep longtime Stones fans (like this reviewer) interested.”Glide, 10/8/14“Sitting down with this book makes for a perfect way to spend a lazy weekend.”New York Waste, Halloween Issue 2014 “A diary of the Rolling Stones up close and personal.”