The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Rich Co­hen, Pen­guin/ Ran­dom House. KE

“It was akin to my childhood dream of run­ning off with the cir­cus,” writes Co­hen of be­ing “car­ried away by the Rolling Stones”. It was 1994 and the 26-year-old Rolling Stone mag­a­zine writer had been as­signed to re­port on the band’s two-week US tour. “I got drunk in are­nas open to the sky, dozed in ho­tel lob­bies, saw my coun­try through rock-star eyes,” adds the best-sell­ing au­thor. “I goofed with Mick Jag­ger, talked about the Civil War with Char­lie Watts.” What’s great about this biog­ra­phy is the writ­ing and Co­hen’s rev­er­ence for the band. The chap­ter re­count­ing the 1967 drug bust at Jag­ger’s coun­try man­sion in Eng­land re­calls that it “had ev­ery­thing; drugs, rock stars, nu­dity”. Jag­ger’s girl­friend at the time, 19-year-old Mar­i­anne Faith­full, was caught in the me­dia cir­cus – wear­ing just a rug. Two years later, Faith­full over­dosed in Syd­ney, where she was due to star in 1970 film Ned Kelly with Jag­ger. “It was the be­gin­ning of her wilder­ness years. By the time I spoke to her, she was still beau­ti­ful, but in the way of a di­lap­i­dated house. Good bones, fall­ing down.”

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