On Thursday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. the Friends of the Seaside Library will host acclaimed author Christopher Sandford as he reads from his book, “The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years”. The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales and signings.

In 1962 Mick Jagger was a bright, well-scrubbed boy (planning a career in civil service), while Keith Richards was learning how to smoke and to swivel a guitar. Add the mercurial Brian Jones (who’d been run out of school for theft, and playing blues guitar) and the wryly Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, and the potential was obvious. During the 1960s and 70s the Stones were admired in some quarters for their flamboyance, creativity and salacious lifestyles, and reviled elsewhere for the same reasons. Confidently expected to never reach 30 they are now approaching their seventies and in 2012, they marked 50 years of being together as a band.

Sandford tells the human drama at the center of the band’s story. He has interviewed those close to the group, family members (including Mick’s parents), and the Stones contemporaries – even examining previously unreleased FBI files. “The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years” makes sense of the rich brew of clever invention and opportunism, of talent, good fortune, self-destructiveness, and other excesses, that made the Stones who they are.

Christopher Sandford has published acclaimed biographies of Kurt Cobain, Steve McQueen, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, and Roman Polanski. He has worked as a film critic and music writer for over 20 years, and frequently contributes to newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “the pre-eminent author in his field today”. Sandford divides his time between Seattle and London.

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