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Art, Culture & Music, Popular Music & Culture
Publication Date
06 February 2014
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Birlinn Limited

Rocks Off

50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones
by Bill Janovitz - Find out more about the author


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'There are many sorts of Rolling Stones fans, but all of them will love this book' – Wall Street Journal

'Even fanatics will learn something here' – Kirkus Reviews

'His vibrant description of "Gimme Shelter" alone is worth the price of the book' – Booklist

'A must read for all those who share Janovitz’s unbridled passion for the band and their music' – Robert Greenfield, author of Exile on Main St.

To Bill Janovitz, all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different. Each exposes a little more of their soul. Written by Stones fanatic, musician, and writer Bill Janovitz, this is a song-by-song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the band’s career while expanding upon their recording and personal history through insightful and energetic prose. With its conversational tone – much like friends pouring over old records on a Saturday afternoon – the book presents the musical leaps taken by the band and a discussion of how the lyrical content both reflected and influenced popular culture. The song choices – fifty in all – are chronological and subjective. Most of them are the classic hits, however, the book digs deeper into beloved album tracks and songs with unique stories behind them.


Rocks Off is the ultimate listening guide and thinking man’s companion that will spur readers to dust off those old albums and listen in with a newfound perspective on one of the most famous and acclaimed rock’n’roll bands of all time.

Bill Janovitz is a singer, guitarist and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. He has also released four solo albums. He wrote Exile on Main Street about the iconic Stones album and has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.