Disclaimer: I received this eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60’s, it was to play rhythm & blues, nothing more. They were far from imagining that they would change music, let alone become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieved planet-wide success. With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over 50 years, not just a band, but a whole attitude! Through 21 stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, this book helps fans relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever.
This is essentially a biography of the band told through comics, but it also includes photos of the band and pages of text giving background information on different stories in the Rolling Stones’ history.
As a Rolling Stones fan, I was beyond stoked to read this. Reading about how they got their start, and all the crazy things they’ve done since has been so fun. The writer definitely doesn’t hold anything back or try to glaze over any of the less agreeable things the band members have done.
There were a few times throughout reading this that I felt the writer was being a tad condescending in the way they handled certain stories, but it occurred rarely enough that it didn’t effect the overall tone.
The artwork has a fun, caricature-style cartoon-y look—and the artist uses dark, monochromatic color schemes. The art itself is nothing I haven’t seen before, but it doesn’t take away from the reading experience, and I think “flashier” artwork would have distracted from the stories themselves.
This comic is part of a series by NBM Comics where biographical comics are written and illustrated for different bands. So far the only other band I can find available in this series is the Beatles, but I believe more will be added later.
I would recommend this to any fan of the Rolling Stones—whether your interest in them is casual or you’re a hardcore fan.
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