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Rock ‘N Roll Book Club: The Making of the Rolling Stones | North Beach

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
City Lights Books | 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Event Details

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the release of “Satisfaction,” the song that established the Rolling Stones as the #2 band in the world.

City Lights Books will spotlight Paul Trynka’s new book Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones, from Viking Books, the most comprehensive biography of the brilliant, controversial founding member of the band. Rock historian and author Richie Unterberger will play and discuss an hour of rare audio and video clips from the 1960s illustrating Jones’s breathtakingly eclectic musical contributions to their early career. He and founder of San Francisco’s Rock ‘n Roll Book Club, Maureen Russell, will then talk about the book and Jones’s stormy life, which ended in still-murky circumstances in 1969.

Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones is 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.

About the Rock ‘n Roll Book Club:
Founded in 2011, San Francisco’s Rock ‘n Roll Book Club is a loose group of regulars and non-regulars who enjoy music and reading about it. They generally meet every other month at a bar’s backroom to discuss a book and listen to related music, over drinks and food mentioned in the book. They read new releases, classic memoirs, biographies, oral histories and music criticism, usually focusing on music from the 60s and 70s, preferably including sex, drugs, and good writing. They’ve met with authors Alice Bag (via skype), Robert Gordon (via Skype), Greil Marcus and V. Vale (RE/Search).

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Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, History, Literature, San Francisco
Address: 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA