Penguin Book


The Stone Roses

Simon Spence

Based on 400 hours of interviews with over seventy of The Stone Roses' closest associates, including six former band members, War and Peace is the first major biography of the band that defined a generation.

This book had been a year in the making when the Roses, against all odds, announced their re-formation. It is a remarkable coda to an astonishing story.

War and Peace traces the band's genesis, studded with violent gigs and abandoned recordings, and shaped by their infamous manager Gareth Evans. The Roses' legendary gigs culminated in the era-defining Spike Island show in 1990. With the band refusing to play in America, arrested for vandalizing a record company and dragged through the High Court, the epic recording of their dark second album is the stuff of legend. They disbanded in turmoil in 1996.

The true story behind their rise and fall - and resurrection - has never been told. Until now. From the Manchester backwaters to the worldwide 2012 tour, War and Peace lays bare the irresistible tale of the last of the great bands.

* With 40 unseen photos, including from renowned rock photographer Dennis Morris

Simon Spence collaborated with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on the acclaimed memoirs Stoned and 2Stoned. He has written for the NME, i-D, Dazed & Confused and the Independent. He was at the Stone Roses' legendary Blackpool and Alexandra Palace shows in 1989 and covered their era-defining Spike Island show for The Face.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
07/06/2012
Category
  • Arts and Culture
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
352
US
St Martin's Press Inc.
Translation
Penguin
Rights sold
Japanese
Film
Penguin
Serial
Penguin
Audio (Unabridged)
Penguin
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