Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones
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For the first time, the complete story of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones and the early years of the band
Brian Jones was the golden boy of the Rolling Stones—the visionary who gave the band its name and its sound. Yet he was a haunted man, and much of his brief
time with the band, before his death in 1969 at the infamous age of twenty-seven, was volatile and tragic. Some of the details of how Jones was dethroned are well
known, but the full story of his downfall is still largely untold.
Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones’s life, which for the first time details his pioneering achievements and messy unraveling. With more than 120 new interviews, Trynka offers countless new revelations and sets straight the tall tales that have long marred Jones’s legacy. His story is a gripping battle between
creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. It’s all here: the girlfriends, the drugs, and some of the greatest music of all time.
Victors get to write history—but it’s rarely fully true. The complete, magnificent story of the Rolling Stones can never be told until we disentangle all the threads and put Brian Jones back in the foreground.
and Brian put off for a few days – so it’s likely they never did the deed and simply left it to Oldham to deliver the news. Stu’s reaction was complex. On one level ‘he wasn’t bothered at all’, says Johns. Stu showed little ego or vanity. But another close friend, Keith Altham, says that in quiet moments ‘it was obvious that he was deeply hurt’. Yet the resentment that festered was not directed at Oldham; it was Brian’s attempts to soothe the humiliation that provoked the enmity. ‘Don’t worry,
exuded an extreme sexuality that I was frightened of. She was extremely exciting but she was dangerous. I was also very nervous around them, because there was a thing going around of spiking people’s drinks, and Brian was supposed to do that.’ Together with Marianne Faithfull, who had first appeared on the scene in 1964 although only officially unveiled, as Mick’s new consort, in October 1966, Anita Pallenberg redefined the Stones’ reputation. Cynics reckon she latched on to Brian in the
Bruce. ‘He used to say, “He’s the real Rolling Stone. The one who’s not just happy being in a blues band. The adventurer.”’ It was during the sustained sessions that gave birth to Aftermath that Nitzsche started to realize how badly Brian was treated. Like Phil May, Chris Hutchins and Dave Thompson before him, he was shocked by the brutality within the Stones. ‘I didn’t get to every session,’ says Bruce, ‘but Jack would tell me what was going on when he got back. And there was one session where
‘Sorry, monsieur, we don’t accept Diners Club.’ Keylock asked around for money; none of them, Anita included, had any cash. Keylock continued blustering while Brian and Keith, who still seemed thick as thieves, chucked their bags into the Bentley. At one point he handed over a cheque on which he’d forged Keith’s signature, only for the manager to spot the ruse. ‘This is no good! I call the police!’ Finally, Keylock placated the manager with another cheque, signed by Keith under the manager’s
to play his beloved R&B. Now, for the first time, he felt completely alone. The result was a profound despair. Over the course of Brian’s visits to Cavendish Avenue, Stash was staggered by the transformation in his attitude. He’d simply given up. ‘Instead of saying, “Fight the good fight!” which Paul McCartney was advocating, Brian was taking a totally defeatist line: “Oh, they’re too strong for us.” He was in a terrible state, preaching a tale of pessimism and woe. His sensitive nature got the