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2003-04-18 – South Florida Sun Sentinel

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SCRAPBOOK: The Who, from left, Roger Daltrey, Pete
Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. AP file photo




Rolling Stones, Who weren’t as
dull as new coffee—table books


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Rolling Whh the Stones. Bill
Wyman. DK Publishing. $50.

Anyway Anyhow Anywhere:
The Complete Chronicle of the
Who 1958-1978. Andy Neill and
Matt Kent. Friedman/Fairfax.

Even when it comes to cof-
fee-table books, the Stones and
the Who are perennial runners-
up to the Beatles. In 2000. the
Fab Four set the standard for
coffee-table rock tomes with
The Beatles Anthology, a




6V:-pound history boasting new
interviews from the then three
surviving members.

Now comes a pair of enter-
taining but less essential books
about their British counter-
parts: Rolling With the
Stones. by the band’s former
bassist. Bill Wyman, and Any-
way Anyhow Anywhere by
rock author Andy Neill and
Who super-fan Matt Kent.

The latter is a decent scrap-
book, complete with letters
penned by Pete Townshend,
tons of newspaper clippings
(featuring every conceivable
Who pun) and artwork galore.
Concert photos dominate the
pages, including glorious shots
of Townshend in mid-leap. and
the poster art is equally eye-
catching —- especially a 1974
concert ad inspired by pop art-
ist Roy Lichtenstein.

Yet as hefty as it is, Anyway.
Anyhow Anywhere still seems
skimpy. Instead of digging
deep into the Who's turbulent
history, the authors pad out the
text with large-type listings of
every concert performance the
band ever made.

Like the Who book, Rolling
With the Stones is jammed
with letters, posters and pho-
tos, including a priceless shot
of Keith Richards slumped

next to an airport sign that says
“Patience Please: A Drug F ree
America Comes First." But at
least Wyman adds his insider’s
view to the visuals and refuses
to fast-forward through histo-

There’s a nice two-page
spread on the band’s 1964 ses-
sions at Chicago's Chess Stu-
dios, a six-page overview of the
Altamont debacle, and plenty
of behind-the-scenes looks at
the Stones on the road.

Who knew. for example, that
Richards got busted for drugs
while driving through rural Ar-
kansas en route to the Stones’
’75 concert at the Cotton Bowl?

In addition to playing bass,
Wyman served as the Stones’
archivist, keeping detailed dia-
ries until he quit the band ami-
cably in 1993. But his journals,
more often than not, are dread-
fully dry.

Sample entry: “Chicago.
1981: We went on stage at
10:30 pm. and played our usu-
al show to 17,000 fans. We
played well and the audience
was fantastic again —-lrea11y
enjoyed it."

For large stretches ofRoll-
ing With the Stones. Wyman
turns the world's greatest rock
‘n’ roll band into the world’s