One of the most common questions asked of the guides on the Rock’n’Roll London Walk is: can you recommend a good Rock’n’Roll read.
It’s a tough question to answer in one line. So we’ve dedicated our new blog series to answering it one classic book at a time, beginning with…
Andrew Loog Oldham was the young turk who shaped the Stones as the anti-Beatles. His first volume of autobiography – Stoned (1998) tells the tale of his youth and his meeting the self-styled World’s Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band. It is a great read.
The second volume – appropriately entitled 2Stoned – gets down to the nitty gritty.
OIdham’s tale is unique indeed. Few had such a close view of the so-called Swinging Sixties. And few have allowed other voices into their story. Oldham, always the radical, has no fear in this quarter.
His narrative bowls along with stylishly-honed tales of drunkenness and cruelty, yet… every so often he steps aside to allow someone else to chip in. Townshend, Marianne Faithfull, Al Kooper, Nick Cohn, John Paul Jones and many more – provide a Greek chorus of asides and contradictions that helps to make this one of the best of all rock’n’roll reads.
Caution: Your white-haired ol’ mum probably won’t want a copy for Mothers’ Day. Unless, of course, her hair’s white from peroxide and she thinks sweet sherry is a breakfast wine. In which case… bring her along on the Rock’n’Roll London Walk!
Richard Porter leads the Rock’n’Roll London Walk today
You can buy a copy of this seminal work at Foyles (which is where we picked up our copy, pictured above) by visiting their shop at 113 - 119 Charing Cross Road WC2 (very near the meeting point for the Rock’n’Roll London Walk) or by clicking HERE for their website.
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