Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones

Rocks Off Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones To Bill Janovitz all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different Each exposes a little of their soul Written by Stones fanatic musician and writer Bill Jano

  • Title: Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones
  • Author: Bill Janovitz
  • ISBN: 9781250026316
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To Bill Janovitz, all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different Each exposes a little of their soul Written by Stones fanatic, musician, and writer Bill Janovitz, this is a song by song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the band s career while expanding upon their recording and personal history through insightful and eneTo Bill Janovitz, all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different Each exposes a little of their soul Written by Stones fanatic, musician, and writer Bill Janovitz, this is a song by song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the band s career while expanding upon their recording and personal history through insightful and energetic prose With its conversational tone much like friends poring over old records on a Saturday afternoon the book presents the musical leaps taken by the band and a discussion of how the lyrical content both reflected and influenced popular culture The song choices fifty in all are chronological and subjective Most of them are the classic hits, however, the book digs deeper into beloved album tracks and songs with unique stories behind them Rocks Off is the ultimate listening guide and thinking man s companion that will spur readers to dust off those old albums and listen in with a newfound perspective on one of the most famous and acclaimed rock n roll bands of all time.

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    1. Recommended by a library patron. Lots of fun. I had somehow underestimated Keith Richards' songwriting contributions on classics like "Ruby Tuesday." Lots of good background; ex. Mick Jagger was reading The Master and the Margarita when he composed "Sympathy for the Devil." Downsides: it's ugly to see how much resentment Keith and Mick still harbor for Brian Jones, and the constant pot shots at the Beatles seem outdated and silly. Or just plain wrong: author Janovitz uses the lines in John Lenno [...]

    2. I received this book as a give away. This is a book for music fans! In particular Rolling Stones music fans. This book is not a biography of band members or a tell all that the Star or the Enquirer do so well. Bill Janovitz does a great job with the history and production of songs from one of the best bands in Rock. This is a fifty year history of the music that is very well done. I am a musician and for a non musician it may not be an easy read. For a student of Rock or a die hard Stones fan t [...]

    3. Interesting overview of the Stones' history, as reflected through the history of 50 songs. Janovitz's fanboy tendencies are apparent through much of the book, which robs it of objectivity, but it is nice to see passion in the writing. The book spends most of its time on the peak Mick Taylor years 1968-1972 (which may be the finest album run of any rock band ever, covering Beggars Banquet to Exile on Main Street), so that was "warm and fuzzy" for me. My biggest gripe is my favorite Stones' song e [...]

    4. I received a copy via a giveaway. 4 1/4 stars. Most of the books I've read about the Rolling Stones are very one-sided; either love everything Stones, or hate the immoral bad boys.This is a well put together and written book, that uses songs from the different ages of the Stones to explain what was going on in the lives and music of the band. It reminded me of some of the great but not-so-popular songs from the catalog. It is definitiely one that I will look through over and over again.

    5. All I ask from a non-fiction music book is that it provide interesting and/or inspiring stories about how a song was written and recorded, throw in some sociohistorical context and a little music criticism (but don't go crazy with that stuff), and reflect some unjaded enthusiasm for the artist. This book delivers all that in spades. I consider myself fairly well-versed in Stones lore, and I still learned things I didn't know--for example how "Stray Cat Blues" consciously apes the Velvet Undergro [...]

    6. Bill Janovitz brings a musician's perspective to the story of the Rolling Stones. That's actually a fairly unusual thing. He talks with authority about the music itself, which is a wonderful in a genre often filled with scandals and personality over all. I don't agree with all of his opinions (he's a rock bit of a rock snob about popular music, for one thing, and he thinks the best of later Stones is their schmaltzy ballads, for another - ick), but he knows a thing or two about rock n roll. (Als [...]

    7. I will admit that I am a total sucker for rock n roll bio books. Most of them start with "This musician was born on this date" and end around the time of their latest record or death. The approach that Janovitz takes is unique, and one that is highly rewarding. Rather than tell the story of the Stones year by year, he picks 50 songs of theirs that demonstrate what the band was going through at the time. Each song composes a chapter, which can range from 3 to 10 pages. The bulk of the book, for o [...]

    8. Judging by this book and his 33 and 1/3 review of Exile on Main Street, Bill Janovitz has spent many hours listening to and thinking about the Rolling Stones. His writing is at its best when he addresses the details of the songs, highlighting the individual threads that converge to make the band's music so exciting. For example, about Charlie Watts' contribution to Wild Horses he observes: "The second time Charlie enters, he rolls the snare drum in earlier on the verse than the first time he ent [...]

    9. An interesting if flawed bio on the Stones, not that the Stones need another bio. Told from the perspective of 50 songs from their vast catalogue, Rocks Off chronicles the band's humble beginnings to their status as rock n' roll monsters and elder statesmen. Each song, from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to "Sympathy to the Devil" to "Wild Horses" to "Start Me Up" document both the song creation process and where the band was at the time, especially the often stormy yet fruitful relationship be [...]

    10. I’m not a big Rolling Stones fan. I have three greatest hits compliations, Tattoo You downloaded and I won’t confirm or deny that I have a bootleg concert. I got this book because I know most of the songs that are written about. The point of the book was to tell the history of the Rolling Stones through their songs. This book accomplishes that. I learned the different band line-ups, fights in the band, the writing process and the truth behind the image (they’re really not that far apart). [...]

    11. I must admit I came into this book as a huge Bill Janovitz/Buffalo Tom fan and a part time Rolling Stones fan. I always knew Janovitz was influenced by the Rolling Stones and I was interested in reading his thoughts on the band. Rocks Off is an eloquent and revealing read about a legendary band. Janovitz writes passionately about the band, their songs and what they mean to him.The book is divided into three parts, the Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ron Wood years. Each chapter is about a specific [...]

    12. Bill Janovitz takes 50 Rolling Stones songs and not always the well known or even semi-played ones and proceeds to tell the band's history through these 50 particular songs.I think it really helped that not only is he a huge Stones fan, but that he is the guitarist in the band Buffalo Tom. I was impressed with Janovitz ability to get pretty detailed on who played on these songs including all the various session men and background singers and in his ability to find at least one song from each of [...]

    13. "Guys. whatever you do, don't try and grow old gracefully. It wouldn't suit you" First of all, I'm a big big Rolling Stones fan.I enjoyed this book so much. Reading about making music, explaining music with words, has always been a favorite thing for me, and reading how precisely lots of these songs that I've known for years is pretty special. Makes me appreciate even more the art that was making music when technology was not around. It also made me realize a lot of things I hadn't thought about [...]

    14. Bill Janovitz wrote an interesting 33 1/3 series book on The Rolling Stones landmark album Exile On Main Street. In his new book, Rocks Off (2013) tells the story of the Rolling Stones. The book is divided into three sections that reflect three distinct line ups, the early version was the Brian Jones era, followed by the Mick Taylor years, and finally the Ron Wood years which has been the longest. Janovitz admit if he was writing this book about the album he has found worthwhile it would have st [...]

    15. Interesting examination of 50 Rolling Stones songs recorded during the 50 years of the group's existence. Bill Janovitz is a musician and I enjoyed his analysis of the music. He also adds some history in some of the chapters to give the reader an idea of what was going on in the Stones' lives at the time the song was recorded or released. There were a few tunes that I wasn't familiar with.Janovitz previously wrote a book about the making of Exile on Main Street. He's a fan, and this comes throug [...]

    16. It's really difficult to use one medium - words on a page (physical or digital) - to describe another medium - one that is aural and takes place in time. Writers usually focus on either the biographies of the music makers themselves or an analysis of their music. Janovitz manages to do both quite successfully, giving the reader a brief history of the Rolling Stones and helping us understand how the music came about. You or I might have chosen 50 different songs, but realize these are not necessa [...]

    17. Great book for a Stones fanatic like me, though I confess some of the musical analysis of the songs is over my head, not being a musician. Yes some of their most well known songs are here, but also many I was not familiar with, particularly from their later years. Janovitz is a musician and author as well as Stones aficionado so he is well placed to of this sort of analysis of the band. The later chapters, particularly those covering their grim 80's output, are compelling in detailing the decay [...]

    18. This book analyzes 50 songs over the 50-year span of The Rolling Stones and interprets what inspired those songs, from the artists themselves to the rock music industry and the world in general. What I liked most about the book were the detailed descriptions of the recording process, which made me want to carefully listen to each song to hear the subtleties described (I'll never be able to listen to "Satisfaction" again without hearing Keith Richards' little mistakes). A must-read not only for R [...]

    19. It's really fun having a book like this written by a musician who can take apart songs to point out where guitar parts come in, how Charlie's stop and start drumming affects the feel of Stone's songs, etc. The history of the band told through 50 songs with a lot of research along the way to keep you up to date with what happened to the band over the years. Amazing how much they worked back in the 60's - barely off a tour and into the studio to record, then back on tour. no "years between activit [...]

    20. I received a free copy through a giveaway and have to admit, I was not expecting to. I am probably not a die-hard Rolling Stones fan. I became interested in them after I heard they choose their name from a Muddy Waters song. I like learning things like that and that's why I entered the giveaway for this book.I learned a lot about the Rolling Stones from this. The use of their songs to show their growth and evolution through time was a fascinating concept and worked very well for the author. An [...]

    21. Nothing truly groundbreaking, but a great read to catch up on some Stones' stories tagged to 50 of their most important songs. Janovitz is unapologetic about where he comes down on the group (no surprise that the 1968-1972 Mick Taylor years are revered more than the Brian Jones and Ronnie Wood eras), though I welcome and trust his opinion as he is both a super fan and musician himself (for Buffalo Tom.) And I will also say that I love that he ended the book, Song 50, with "Plundered My Soul," wh [...]

    22. I think if I were more of a Rolling Stones fan/had been alive during their rise to stardom, this would've been a much more interesting read. The beginning was really interesting- it was fun to read about the "sparing" between the Stones and The Beatles, and how the different band members came together/reacted to fame. But the last third of the book seemed to drag on for me. I felt like some of the "stories" focused on the song and how it was made, rather than the feel/happenings of the band at t [...]

    23. A great book on all the famous songs that The Stones have put out, along with tremendous backstories and tales of those days, the relationships and such, too. The critiques of the individual tracks are as good as any I've read. Five-star stuff. The writer understands music deeply, and it's evident his analysis of each track goes intrinsically into the performances, who played what, and the influences on each song and performer.One great band, and it's all laid out for you in chrono order. Delici [...]

    24. The story of the Rolling Stones has been told many times before, but this is one of its best tellings, because it really focuses on the music without becoming too caught up in the tabloids, the gossip, and the mythology. It's a great trek through the career of the Stones, acknowledging the individual achievements of all its members-- perhaps drifting a bit too much toward Team Keith territory in its final chapters, but perhaps that's not without reason. A compelling, addicting, and often insight [...]

    25. it's not a "bio" of the stones, it's a story about the stones told through 50 select songs the back story of those songs provides a snapshot of who the stones were as musicians and songsters it ends up as a pretty interesting approach to learning a little about the band and a lot about some of their best musics and it spares you the gory details about "Mick being born in a log cabin," et al

    26. I enjoyed this book because I like to know where the inspiration for the music has come fromw that there is not a detail that most fans have missed. I like that I could place the songs to the time they were made and I match events from that time. this point in my life I have read so many books about the stones, that I could write my own book

    27. Excellent in depth analysis of the Rolling Stones music and career, especially as a companion to Keith Richards 'Life'. The book follows the arc of the musical influences and the life events that contributed to their songs. The author writes with insight and passion, so it really helps to have a deep acquaintance with the songs beforehand.

    28. A brief history of the Rolling Stones told in 50 songs. Janovitz, a journalist and rock musician himself is uniquely qualified to analyze tthe Stones music, but besides parsing the structure of some songs, he brings a real fan's passion to his work. The 50 songs things sounds a little gimmicky, but it works really well.

    29. Probably a little too 'inside baseball' for most folks, but this was exactly what I want out of a music bio. Janovitz clearly loves the Stones and his mix of studio geekery reportage, myth debunking, and attention to detail down to the slightest pick scratch, pedal stomp, and background chatter, made me go back and listen to the records and hear the Stones with fresh ears.

    30. Great book for Rolling Stones fans and for people who would like insight into the music - how it was made and who performed on each song. Since I am not an accomplished musician, many of the details were beyond me, but I still enjoyed reading about the circumstances and players that went into each album.

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