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Writers, filmmakers and more have so thoroughly dissected The Rolling Stones in all manner of media that one question is essential: do we need another Rolling Stones book?
Also consider that Robert Greenfield’s Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye
covers a specific time in the band’s life that is celebrated artistically and
studied ruthlessly by rock scholars. It helps that Greenfield was in the thick
with the thieves, but even he has already written this book.
At 25 years old, Greenfield followed the Rolling Stones on their 1971 “farewell” tour of Great Britain in support of the soon-to-be released Sticky Fingers. While a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, Greenfield was part of the first wave of serious rock critics. He parlayed that into a career as a rock journalist and writer.
If anyone has the experience to write this book, it’s him. Greenfield combines his observations at the time of the ten-day tour while also adding insights from 40 years of looking back on the events and the behind-the-scenes with the unique cast of characters. At the center, as usual, is the relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
It’s a fine, short snapshot of the Rolling Stones – and a writer who followed them around for a few months. Like a collection of B-sides, this book is more for the completest fans who need to have it all. Anyone looking for the “hits” has many other books to choose from, including books written by the Stones themselves.