Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties
(Springboard Press; US: Nov 2009)
Everyone knows someone who has no interest in the current music scene. Whether it’s denouncing manufactured pop like Miley Cyrus or whining about the authenticity of Kings of Leon, some people just want the Rolling Stones (and maybe some Zeppelin). This book is for that guy/gal. Let It Bleed chronicles the Stone’s 1969 tour from the perspective of rock photojournalist, Ethan Russell (who joined the group on tour). With never-before-seen photographs and interviews, this is a great coffee table browse. Apparently, when asked why the Stones wanted to give a free concert in San Fransisco (the ill-fated Altamont), Mick Jagger answered with, “Because there’s a scene there and the climate’s nice.” This book is simply full of rock-and-roll cool.