Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye
The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile
By Robert Greenfield
(Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306823121, 196pp.)
Publication Date: May 2014
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For ten days on that tour, the Rolling Stones traveled by train and bus to play two shows a night in many of the same small town halls and theaters where they had begun their career. Performing brand new songs like "Bitch," "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" from their as-yet-unreleased album "Sticky Fingers" live on stage for the very first time, they also played classics like "Midnight Rambler," "Honky Tonk Women," "Satisfaction," "Street Fighting Man," and Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie" and "Let It Rock."
Because only one journalist--Robert Greenfield--was allowed to accompany the Stones on this tour, there has never before been a full-length account of the landmark event that marked the end of the first chapter of the Rolling Stones' extraordinary career.
In a larger sense, "Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye" is the story of two artists on the precipice. For Mick Jagger and Ketih Richards, as well as those who traveled with them, the Rolling Stones' farewell tour of England was the end of the innocence. No laminates. No backstage passes. No security. No sound checks and no rehearsals. Just the Rolling Stones on the road playing rock 'n' roll the way it was truly meant to be seen and heard.
Based on Greenfield's first-hand account as well as new interviews with many of the key players, "Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye" is a vibrant and thrilling look at the way it once was and would never be again in the world according to the Rolling Stones.