Author(s): Simon Goddard
London 1962. Five young hooligans have formed a band and are on a collision course with the austere and intolerant values of post-war Britain. From their beginning in a scummy flat off the Kings Road to the notorious Redlands scandal, this is the anarchic rollercoaster ride of the Stones' first five years. We follow our heroes in a rags-to-riches romp of sex, scandal, mischief and uproarious behaviour as they challenge the establishment, invent the archetype of the rebellious, parent-scaring rock star lothario and, eventually, receive their comeuppance from the powers that be. Presented with the audacious wit and bawdy humour of a vintage novel, complete with Dickensian illustrations, Rollaresque celebrates the young Stones in the grand English literary tradition of lovable rogues. This is the music biography reinvented as a ripping yarn.
The story of the beginning of The Rolling Stones, as you have never heard it before
Simon Goddard is the author of the acclaimed pop music books Ziggyology, Mozipedia, Simply Thrilled and Songs That Saved Your Life. As a journalist, he has written for, amongst others, Q magazine, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal, and featured as a guest on various radio programmes and documentaries including BBC Radio 4's Soul Music and BBC 6 Music's Radcliffe & Maconie. He lives in London.