A history of The Rolling Stones as told through the instruments they used on the stage and in the studio
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (November 7, 2013) – Coming in January from Backbeat Books, Rolling Stones Gear is the first book to historically document all of The Rolling Stones’ musical gear on their way to superstardom.
Rolling Stones Gear not only covers the group’s personal background, but also every tour and studio session from their inception in 1962 to date, with detailed descriptions what instruments and equipment were used during these periods. Every song recorded by the band, including demos and outtakes are documented, with input from within the Stones’ ranks as well as from people who were involved with the band.
Author Andy Babiuk was given exclusive access to The Rolling Stone’s musical equipment, and he has masterfully compiled the history of the band through the instruments they used for more than fifty years. “The book has taken nine years to finish and I thank The Rolling Stones as well as the hundreds of people who helped make this historic document possible,” says Babiuk about the 672 pages of lavishly illustrated research on The Rolling Stones. In 2001, he wrote the best-selling book Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio, and Rolling Stones Gear is a worthy follower. A respected expert on vintage guitars and the foremost authority on the equipment used by The Rolling Stones, Babiuk is uniquely positioned to write this historic, first ever document on the iconic band that influenced and shaped rock ‘n roll and pop culture.
The book boasts hundreds of photographs and rare images, many of which have never been published, including The Rolling Stones’ actual guitars and gear, specially photographed for this book and to be seen here for the first time. Virtually everyone – musicians, Stones fans, and casual readers alike – will learn amazing new facts about the band from their monumental fifty-year existence.
Rolling Stones Gear is available now for pre-orders online. It will ship in January 2014.
About the authors
Andy Babiuk is a musician, writer, producer and founding member of The Chesterfield Kings, and owner of the boutique guitar shop Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear. He has been a professional in the music industry for more than thirty years and is a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to major auction houses in London and New York. His critically acclaimed book Beatles Gear (2001) manages to be both a historical document and an entertaining read. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife, six children, and a very large collection of guitars and music memorabilia. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Prevost is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and founder of the psychedelic blues band The Chesterfield Kings, and journalist who has written for countless fanzines and magazines since the early 1970s (including his own magazine Future/Outasite, published sporadically between the years 1976 and 1999). He is currently a staff writer for the highly acclaimed Ugly Things magazine. Prevost is recognized worldwide as an authority on ‘60s and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll, vintage television and film, and anything concerning The Rolling Stones. He lives with his wife in upstate New York.
Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group