Under Their Thumb

How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It)

Under Their Thumb
Bill German
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Paperback
h230 x 153mm - 432pg
15 Aug 2022 US
9781493065080
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Under Their Thumb:How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It) tells the story of Bill German' s unlikely friendship with the Rolling Stones. He first met them on the streets of New York when he was a seventeen-year-old aspiring journalist. After handing them a copy of his amateur fanzine, they took the author under their wing and hired him as their official historian. They turned his little rag into their official newsletter and advertised it in one of their albums. Soon after, he began traveling the world with them and staying at their homes. German went from being a teenage fan who wanted to know everything about his favorite band to suddenly knowing too much! He was privy to their private jams and recording sessions as well as to their parties, peccadilloes, and in-fights. Yet, through it all, he maintained his identity as that nice boy from Brooklyn. Despite Keith' s observation-or edict? -that "people only leave the Stones in a casket or handcuffs," he was one of the few to leave their orbit on his own terms. This updated edition of Under Their Thumb includes new stories about German' s relationship to the Stones and twenty never-before-seen images.
Compelling tale about how [German] evolved from a starry-eyes high school fan [into a] jaded survivor of the group' s messy backstage politics and infighting. --L. A. Weekly First-rate firsthand account of the world' s greatest rock ' n' roll band. --Kirkus Reviews Possibly the best book I' ve read about the Rolling Stones. --Andrew Oldham, the Stones' original manager The hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking tale of a fan who got too close to his heroes. --Rolling Stone
Bill German worked as an on-air "rock correspondent" for the ABC Radio Network and wrote articles for Spin and Rolling Stone (while publishing 102 issues of his own fanzine). He co-authored The Works with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. Now, in addition to Under Their Thumb speaking engagements, German performs excerpts from his not-yet-released book, a bittersweet family memoir about his sister' s mental illness and the New York club scene that provided his escape. He has performed at clubs in Manhattan and at the Long Island LitFest, opening for Dick Cavett, Julie Klam, and Alan Zweibel.

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