Jump Up: The Rise of the Rolling Stones

Published in 1995 by Castle Communications.

The Rolling Stones

They ditched the stage uniforms, they grew their hair longer and they inspired a legion of lookalikes. No band in history had sparked such horror in the older generation. They attracted hordes of screaming teenage girls who would drown them out, and when the press ran such headlines as ‘would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?’ the shockwaves began, and they are still being felt today.

The first ten ten years from 1963 became the band’s most formative and exciting years, although their beginnings can be traced back to a few years before that with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meeting up on Dartford Railway Station, and from there forming a band with various personnel before the line-up of Mick, Keith, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts took their name from a Muddy Waters song  Rollin’ Stone Blues and went on to become the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.

This illustrated biography concentrates on those first ten years in which they rapidly rose from playing dingy West London blues clubs to the heights of headlining at the ill-fated Altamont Festival. Here, for the very first time, is the full story that portrays in vivid and dramatic terms, the wild, amazing and colourful first decade of a truly remarkable band. Everything from the package tours, the drug busts, the women and the untimely death of Brian Jones to the beginning of the sticky Seventies and the major stadium gigs. Jump Up: The Rise of the Rolling Stones is the most concise document of the turbulent years of Britain’s original bad boys of rock.