The Rolling Stones' first single of 1965, “The Last Time,” was also their first self-penned single and the moment at which they fully justified their manager’s hype. It was an incredible sound for a group from Kent. This was largely because it was recorded at one of the premier American studios (RCA in Los Angeles) and had assistance from one of the premier American arrangers (Phil Spector’s henchman Jack Nitzsche), so there was light and space as well as a vortex created by the guitars, with Keith Richards’s relentless spiraling hook sucking you in. From now on they were unstoppable.
From Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé by Bob Stanley, out now in hardcover and ebook.
Stanley says the Stones “were the first group to mark themselves out as pop snobs, outsiders and proud of it.” And: “They also acted deliberately dumb.”
Soccer fans of New York City, join us (with a little help from greenlightbklyn) this Wednesday to launch Luke Dempsey’s Club Soccer 101 at DSK, Fort Greene’s finest German beirgarten. There will be beer, foosball, and Dempsey will be there to sign copies and expand upon the finer points of Manchester United’s greatness.
Full kits encouraged, but not required.
Fully fermented, ready to drink.
Coming to a bookstore near you on October 13th!
“The Brewer’s Tale is a well-written and well-researched papyrus-based time-travel machine that takes readers through the history of mankind’s most impressive creation: BEER!” —Sam Calagione, founder and president, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee was just shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. It will be available in the US from Norton on Oct. 1.
Read an excerpt.