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On Tour With The Rolling Stones

The welcome return of a once lost classic.

He’s got the look: “Black ragged hair, dead-green skin, a cougar tooth hanging from his right earlobe, his lips snarled back from the marijuana cigarette between his rotting fangs, his gums blue, the world’s only bluegum whiteman, poisonous as a rattlesnake.”

The first glimpse of Keith Richards in Stanley Booth’s classic, candid account of going on tour with the Rolling Stones in 1969, which culminated in the notorious Altamont Free Concert. It’s being reissued to mark 50 years since the band formed — though Keith, of course, hasn’t changed a bit.

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The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth is out on 26 April (Canongate)