As Best Classic Bands reports, a new book about the Rolling Stones, All Down The Line—A People’s History of the Rolling Stones 1972 North American Tour, has been published marking 50+ years since this landmark trek and release of their Exile on Main Street album. The book, published on Feb. 14, 2023, via Spenwood Books, tells the story of the 1972 tour in the words of over 300 fans.
That year saw the Rolling Stones performing on American soil for the first time since December 1969, playing 48 shows in 32 cities over 54 days. The book includes previously unpublished eyewitness accounts of the tour, from opening night in Vancouver to the tour finale (and Mick Jagger’s 29th birthday) at Madison Square Garden.
The book’s author, rock historian Richard Houghton, said, “The insider’s take on this tour was covered extensively at the time, while filmmaker Robert Frank captured some of the madness on celluloid in Cocksucker Blues, which the Stones ensured never got a full cinematic release. But the other story, from the viewpoint of the fans, has never been told before. Until now.”
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