Less than one week after the concert in benefit to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, a bigger part of the concert is already available as an official download, incl. both songs of The Rolling Stones. Available here.

Download-album by Various Artists '121212 The Concert For Sandy Relief' (Columbia Records/Sony Music 88765448892).


Last week a remix of Doom And Gloom was released as download-only. Most Stones-fans won't like it and most DJ's won't play it, so who needs this? Completists only... Available here.

Download-track by The Rolling Stones 'Doom And Gloom (Benny Benassi Remix)' (Promotone B.V.).


This 10"-vinyl (recorded only one-sided) ist the very first official physical release of the Radio Edit (now renamed in Jeff Bhasker Mix) of Doom And Gloom. Available here.

10"-single by The Rolling Stones 'Doom And Gloom (Jeff Bhasker Mix)' (Universal 372 32 78).


This sleeping beauty, the very first documentary on the Stones (filmed in London, Belfast and Dublin in September 1965) was finally made wide awake, with a restored/longer new version of this film (using plenty of great unseen footage), adding two older versions (director's and producer's cuts) and also two CD's with lots of interesting goodies, mainly live tracks from March 1965 (outtakes and alternates originally recorded for the Got Live If You Want It-EP). Apart from some items which are somehow redundant (DVD/bluray and CD2/10"-LP have basically the same content), the boxset also includes a nice 10" hardcover book (44 pages) and is overall nicely made. Release Of The Year. Available here.

Boxset (Bluray, DVD, 2 CD's, 10"-LP)by The Rolling Stones 'Charlie Is My Darling- Ireland 1965' (Because Entertainment/ABKCO Films 3878110069).


Another biography on Mick Jagger, this time from an author who has a good craft in researching facts and not just fiction. Norman used tons of sources to compile this book, but suffers from the same problem like other MJ-biographers: the best possible source (Jagger himself) didn't participate. Hardcover, 622 pages (plus 16 pages of b&w pictures). Available here.

Book by Philip Norman 'Mick Jagger' (HarperCollins Publishers, London. ISBN 978-0-00-732949-6).


Finally part four of Christoph Maus' excellent Stones-discography. This comprises ALL worldwide released original albums (from Argentina to Zimbabwe!) from the post-Decca/London-period 1971 - 2012 on 402 pages with more than 1600 photos of sleeves and labels. A labour of love and a must have for every serious collector. In English and German, hardcover, 38 euros. Available here.

Book by Christoph Maus 'Rolling Stones Worldwide IV' (Maus Of Music Books MoM - 10, -Germany. ISBN 978-3-9809137-7-5).


The sixth and last download-only live-album from the googleplay-deal is now available as flacs in the stonesarchive-store. Surprisingly the Stones chose the last gig of their 1982 European Tour (Leeds 25.7.82) which also happened to be Ian Stewart's last gig with the band. Available here .

Download-album by The Rolling Stones "Roundhay Park 1982" (Promotone B.V. BGDDRS79).


This boxset with the Stones' new greatest hits-compilation (80 tracks!) does not only offer the two new tracks Doom And Gloom and One More Shot, a nice book, postcards and a poster, but also a bonus-CD with the five demos made at IBC Studios on March 11, 1963 and an EP with four live-tracks from London, March 19, 1964 (recorded by the BBC in stereo). These songs have already been bootlegged to death and aren't in much better sound quality, but anyway it's a nice box! Available here .

5 CD's & 1 EP by The Rolling Stones "GRRR! (Super Deluxe Edition)" (Abkco/Polydor/Universal 3712341).


This set of two repackaged albums by Carla Olson (& Mick Taylor) includes two interesting bonus tracks, the previously unreleased live tracks Never Wanted To Try and Remember That Moon (both recorded in L.A., March 4, 1990, 2nd show). Available here .

2 CD's by Carla Olson (& Mick Taylor) "Too Hot For Snakes/The Ring Of Truth" (Varese Sarabande Records Fuel 302 061 936 2, -US).


This very nice photobook deals with the one and only Stones-gig behind the (real) iron curtain (Warsaw, April 13, 1967). Six photographers gathered their shots from that memorable night, so that we get a wide range of unseen photos (from amateurish to fantastic). Hardcover, 104 pages. Available here .

Book by Marcin Jacobson +6 "The Rolling Stones Warszawa '67" (, Wroclaw, Poland. ISBN 978-83-63037-06-2).


Nearly one week after it was first released on googleplay (mp3 only) the new official Stones bootleg-download is also available as flacs. This time we get a great warmup clubshow with a very interesting setlist (recorded in Toronto on August 10, 2005). Available here .

Download-album by The Rolling Stones "Light The Fuse" (Promotone B.V. BGDDRS75).


Keith Richards plays guitar on one track (Sleep When We Die) on the new album of K'naan. But beware, the track in question is only on the deluxe edition of the album. Available here .

CD by K'naan "Country, God Or The Girl (Deluxe edition)" (A&M/Octone Records).


Another photo-book on the Stones. The concept: 20 photographers capture 50 years of the Stones, hence the title. Many of the photos are well-known, but some are very nice and unseen. Hardcover, 144 pages, 10"-size. Available here .

Book by Chris Murray "Rolling Stones 50 X 20" (Insight Editions, San Rafael, USA. ISBN 978-1-60887-132-2).


The new Stones-single (download-only!) is available in two different versions: The raw album version (from the upcoming GRRR!-compilation) and the heavily remixed Single Edit. Available here .

Download by The Rolling Stones "Doom And Gloom" (Promotone B.V.).


This new Faces-compilation includes three previously unreleased live tracks (recorded in New York City at Fillmore East in October 1970) and a nice booklet with good liner notes by David Fricke and great photos by Tom Wright. Available here .

2CD's by Faces "Stay With Me - Faces Anthology" (Warner Bros./Rhino 8122797179).


A second best-of of The Rhymthm Kings was timed with the current German gigs of Bill Wyman's great band. But this album is for starters and completists only, as there are no new tracks on the CD. Available here .

CD by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "The Best Of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings Volume 2" (Repertoire Records 5278, -Germany).


Another (better) photo book, also from France. This comes in 12"-size, includes many nice photos and images (like flyer, poster, tickets) on 224 pages (softcover). Available here .

Book by Francois Plassat "The Rolling Stones Photographie 1962 - 2012" (Editions Fetjaine -France) ISBN 978-2-35425-373-8.


This new photo book from France includes about 100 photos and an interview with Keith Richards (from 1988). A4, softcover, 98 pages. For fans who speak French and completists. Available here .

Book compiled by Pierre Jean-Crittin with Franck Fatalot "The Rolling Stones Backstage" (Consart Editions, Lausanne, -France) ISBN 978-2-940464-24-1.


Keith Richards sings and plays on the old standard It's Been A Long, Long Time on this nice Les Paul-tribute. Among the other tributees are Billy Gibbons, Steve Miller, José Feliciano, Slash and Blondie Chaplin. Available on CD or in a special edition with additional DVD-documentary (incl. KR-interview). Available here .

DVD+CD by Lou Pallo of Les Paul's Trio "Thank You Les" (Showplace Music Productions, -US).


Another tribute CD, this one's coming with ten tracks from US garage bands, including seven Jagger/Richards-tracks, one Jagger/Kravitz-track (God Gave Me Everything), Time Is On My Side and one self-penned tribute song (Let's Join The Rolling Stones). Available here .

CD by Various Artists "Garage Band Tribute To The Rolling Stones" (Collectables Records COL-CD-1747, -US).


Martin Elliott's third Rolling Stones sessiongraphy is by far his best. He lists more than 1500 tracks (released & unreleased, live & studio, audio & video) and adds all known info to it, hard facts and stories. Stones producer Chris Kimsey wrote a foreword (and gave lengthy interviews to Martin about session-facts). Last not least we get 16 pages of unseen photos. A4, softcover, 424 pages. Recommended. Available here .

Book by Martin Elliott "The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions 1962 - 2012" (Cherry Red Books, London. ISBN 978-1-901447-77-4.)


Photographer Jim Marshall had access to the Stones in Spring 1972 when they finished Exile at L.A.'s Sunset Studios and played a couple of STP-shows on the West Coast in June. Marshall did some marvellous pictures then, some of them very famous and iconic nowadays. Great book, great pics (unfortunately the 7"-format of the book doesn't do them always justice). Hardcover, 168 pages, with (short) foreword by Keith Richards. Available here .

Book by Jim Marshall "The Rolling Stones 1972" (Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco. ISBN 978-1-4521-1088-2).


Christopher Andersen's second book about Mick Jagger (after his first attempt in 1993) concentrates again more on tabloid subjects than on the music. Lots of rumours and hearsay included. Not the kind of Jagger-biography which the world needs. Hardcover, 364 pages (plus 24 pages of b&W pictures). Available here .

Book by Christopher Andersen "The Wild Life And Genius Of Mick Jagger" (The Robson Press, London. ISBN 978-1-84954-382-8).


Bill Wyman guested at Micki Free's gig at 2010's Hard Rock Calling-festival in Hyde Park on a version of Jimi Hendrix' Red House. The 8-minute-plus version is now officially released on Micki Free's new album. Available here .

CD by Micki Free Electric Blues "Tattoo Burn" (Cargo Records Livewire LW031-2).


Available as an e-book only is part 1 (1962 - 1986) of this Rolling Stones-biography by London-based journalist Hanspeter Kuenzler. Ca. 2000 e-reader-pages, ca. 130 images (incl. some rare ones). Available here .

E-book by Hanspeter Kuenzler "50 Years: The Rolling Stones - Part 1" (


Kenney Jones just spread the rumour that the Stones will play Knebworth in 2013 again. Time will tell... Up to then we can reexperience their legendary concert from 1976 with this very nice commemorative set of miscellaneous festival-memorabilia (DVD, CD's, book, photos, you name it). Now for a short period of time (the next four weeks) also with an extra t-shirt. Available here .

Memorabilia-set "1976 Rolling Stones Commemorative Set" (rock music Ltd.).


The third official Stones photobook (after A Life On The Road and According To) was just released to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in pictures. As usual the main focus is on pictures from the 60's. Nevertheless a very nice book! (Hardcover, 352 pages, more than 1000 photos.) Available here .

Book by The Rolling Stones "50" (Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0500516249).


The fourth of the six planned archive-releases on googlemusic/ is not Toronto '05 (as assumed) but Tokyo from February 26, 1990. Bob Clearmountain did another great mix for this. Available here .

Download-album by The Rolling Stones "Live At The Tokyo Dome" (Promotone B.V. BGDDRS77).


50 years after the Stones started out as a blues band, we finally get an official DVD-release of their (MJ, KR, RW & Stu) great night in 1981 with Muddy Waters and other blues legends at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge. How appropriate - that will close the circle a bit. The sound was newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain and there's a special edition of this release with an extra CD (with less, but all Stones-related tracks of the night). Available here .

DVD with CD by Muddy Waters "Checkerboard Lounge" (Eagle Vison ERDVCD069GV).


The new issue of British Mojo-magazine does not only have Brian Jones on front cover (and a 11-pages article inside) but also comes with a free CD with 15 tracks ("The Roots Of The Rolling Stones") which the Stones covered in the 60's either live or in the studio. (Click on the image to the left to see for the tracklist.) Available here .

Magazine with CD "Mojo" (issue August 2012).


German news magazine Stern released a nice special issue on the Stones. It includes many great photos and other features on 144 pages. Available here .

Magazine "The Rolling Stones" (Stern Edition 1/2012, -Germany).


Released one week earlier in Japan is the first live-CD of The ABC&D Of Boogie Woogie. It was recorded in 2010 and features Charlie Watts on all but one tracks. Note that the Japanese version includes one elsewhere unavailable bonus-track! Available here .

CD by The ABC&D Of Boogie Woogie "Live In Paris" (Columbia Music Entertainment VQCD-10313, -Japan).


It's hard being a completist when Mick Jagger works with artists such as Now the umpteenth remix of T.H.E. was discovered on a DJ-only promotional compilation, which includes the otherwise unavailable 105 BPM Ultimix, mixed by Brian Roche. Available (for DJ's) here .

CD by Various Artists "Ultimix 177" (Ultimix Records Inc. ULT177CD, -US).


Collecting Jagger's collaboration with is like a pain in the ass (see also new entry above). The first non-promotional physical release of the Radio Edit of T.H.E can be found on this compilation album among lots of other muzak. Available here .

2 CD's by Various Artists "Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 81" (EMI CDNOW81).


About ten years ago Susan Hill compiled the photo book 'Unseen Archives' (see News in 2003) with many rare and unseen pictures from the Daily Mail-archive. To cash in with the Stones' 50 Anniversary the book was re-arranged and slightly updated, but it's basically the same as before. Nevertheless it's a great book, which you should consider, if you haven't got the original. Hardcover, 266 pages. Available here .

Book by Susan Hill "A Photographic History Of The Rolling Stones" (Parragon Books Ltd.. ISBN 978-1-4454-6230-1).


Another promotional CD of's collaboration with Mick jagger popped up. It includes 5 versions of T.H.E.: the formerly available Main Version, an instrumental version without MJ and three otherwise unavailable remixes.

Promotional single-CD by "T.H.E. (Main Version)/T.H.E (Instrumental)/T.H.E. (Z-Trip Remix)/T.H.E. (Sidney Samson Remix)/T.H.E. (R3hab Vs. The Eye Remix)" (Intescope Records/Universal).


LIFE books compiled a nice coffeetable photo book for the Stones' 50th anniversary. On 144 oversized pages we get many famous and lots of rare and unseen pictures in good quality. Among the phographers are Ken Regan, Michael Putland, Lynn Goldsmith, Ethan Russell, Dezo Hoffmann, Gered Mankowitz, Henry Diltz and many others. Available here .

Book "LIFE - The Rolling Stones - 50 Years Of Rock 'n' Roll" (LIFE Books, USA. ISBN 978-1-60320-227-5).


This nicely compiled Stones-only magazine comprises old and new articles (incl. two new essays by Felix Aeppli) from the distinguished Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. A4, softcover, 88 pages (incl. 24 pages of great photos by Ken Regan, Michael Putland and Frank Monacos). Available here .

Magazine "Fokus - 50 Jahre Rolling Stones" (NZZ Media, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-03810-001-0).


In August 1968 Keith Richards visited Anita Pallenberg on the set to the movie Michael Kohlhaas Der Rebell (Man On Horseback) near Bratislava. He agreed to do a cameo as an extra, so completists will need this movie, which was now released on DVD. Available here .

DVD "Michael Kohlhaas Der Rebell" (Lingua Video, Germany).


Author Christopher Sandford already did two biographies on single members (MJ, KR) of the Stones. Now he did a biography about the whole band. He interviewed everyone and its dog, but he focuses not just on the music, but also very much on their private lifes and tabloid topics. 498 pages (incl. 16 pages of photos), hardcover. Available here .

Book by Christopher Sandford "The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years" (Simon & Shuster Ltd., ISBN 978-0-85720-103-4).


i-tunes US and UK offers a BBC-audiobook with twelve different Mick Jagger-interviews, cut together as five tracks (with all interviewers cut out). All in all 61 minutes of MJ's talking, recorded between 1964 - 1989. Available here .

Download album "Mick Jagger In His Own Words" (AudioGO Ltd.).


Ken Regan, one of rock'n roll's top photographers, released a fantastic book of his works. About a fourth (incl. the title shot) of the book's 304 pages include shots of the Stones. Other featured artists are Dylan, Elvis, The Beatles, The Clash, you name it. Also included are forewords by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Available here .

Book by Ken Regan "All Access: The Rock 'n' Roll Photography Of Ken Regan" (Insight Editions, ISBN 978-1-60887-033-2).


The third of the six promised Rolling Stones live-archive releases brings us a complete concert from Los Angeles, held on Sunday, July 13, 1975 (even if the title says otherwise). This release, newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain, is like its two predecessors another must-have! Available here .

Download-album "L.A. Friday (live 1975)" (Promotone B.V. BGDDRS73).


Something for the die hard collector: Bill Wyman's conversation with Stephen Fry (aired on Sky Arts TV in November 2011) is now available on a 4-DVD-boxset. Available here .

4 DVD's "Living The Life - Series One" (Tesco Entertainment).


Now available as a DVD/CD-set with the complete Ronnie Wood guest appearance is B.B. King's RAH-concert from June 28, 2011. Other guests (together with RW) on the last four tracks are Slash, Mick Hucknall, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. (The DVD also includes an interview with RW). Available here .

DVD + CD by B.B. King "Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2011" (Shout! Factory/Universal 0602527958354).


Chuck Leavell pre-released his tribute album to the pioneers of blues piano as download (the CD-version will follow on March 27). Keith Richards plays guitar on two tracks. Available here .

CD by Chuck Leavell "Back To The Woods" (Evergreen Arts EA 005).


Bobby Keys' autobiography has a foreword by Keith Richards and more than 50% of Stones-content. 278 pages (plus 16 pages of b&w photos), hardcover, interesting read. Available here .

Book by Bobby Keys with Bill Ditenhafer "Every Night's A Saturday Night" (Counterpoint Press, USA. ISBN 978-1-58243-783-5).


A promotional CD-single of MJ's collaboration with Will.I.Am is already making the rounds, (a commercially available CD-single is announced to be released). This is the first physical release of T.H.E. and the promo also includes a formerly unavailable Radio Edit. Maybe soon available here or check elsewhere for the promo.

promotional CD-Single by Will.I.Am feat. Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez "T.H.E. (Album Version)/T.H.E. (Radio Edit)" (Universal WILLIAM4).


A new special issue of Guitarist-magazine on B.B. King includes a DVD-supplement with a short Ronnie Wood-interview and footage from last year's B.B.King/RW-gig at the Royal Albert Hall. (For completists only - all other collectors better wait for the CD/DVD-release of the complete gig, due out on March 20, 2012). Available here.

Magazine with DVD "Guitarist Presents B.B. King" (Magazine: ISBN 1-858704-54-5/DVD: GTP01DVD-02-12).


A cheap hardcover book, trying to cash in with the Stones 50th anniversary comes from Germany. On mere 64 pages we get some pictures, a short biography and a throwaway discography. For completists only. Available here.

Book by ??? "The Rolling Stones - 50 Years Of Rock'n Roll" (Garant Verlag GmbH, Germany. ISBN 978-3-86766-378-8).


Massimo Bonanno, who did the great book 'Rolling Stones Chronicles' just released an update of his book, this time more in form of a biography, closing with events in December 2011. A4, softcover, 286 pages. Available here.

Book by Massimo Bonanno "The Rolling Stones 1962 - 2012 Aftermath" ( ID 10111896).


'Crazy' Chris Kramer did one recording session with Mick Taylor around 2009 and spread the five recorded songs over three of his recent albums. The fifth track in question ("Betriebsurlaub") was just released on his latest album. Available here.

CD by Chris Kramer "Kramer kommt!" (Blow Till Midnight Records FB11C707, Germany).

02/04/12: released their second download-only live recording, this time the complete show from Hampton Dec. 18, 1981. Differences to the well-known bootleg versions are in the mix (which is much better balanced here), running time ("silence" during guitar changes, etc. were cut out) and most notable the vocals in Time Is On My Side (either an edit job from another gig or an alternate overdub from the Still Life-sessions). Available here.

Download-album by The Rolling Stones "Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981)" (Promotone B.V. BGDDRS71).


Download-only news #3: Unfortunately US-only is this interesting release from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame-archives. CD Vol. 1 includes four previously unavailable tracks (Blue Suede Shoes, Little Queenie, Uptight and a track misnamed as "Jerry Lee Lewis Blues Jam") with members of the Rolling Stones participating. Available here.

Download-album by Various Artists "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live, Volume 1: 1986-1991" (Direct Holdings Americas Inc.).


Download-only news #2: Black Eyed Peas-singer Will.I.Am just released another remix of last year's collaboration with Mick Jagger. Instead of T.H.E. the track is now called Go Home and instead of Jennifer Lopez it now features DJ Wolfgang Gartner. For completists only. Available here.

Download-track by Will.I.Am "Go Home" (Interscope Records).


Download-only news #1: Anthony Thistlethwaite did three studio-albums with session work by Mick Taylor in the mid-90's. Now he has released a download-only compilation album with most of these cuts plus two previously unavailable tracks feat. MT on guitar (Still A Fool, Blind Willie McTell). The music is much better than the silly album title! Available here.

Download-album by Anthony Thistletwaite "Stinky Fingers" (Rolling Acres).


How many books will the 50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones roll in? Here's another one we don't need, filled with thoughts from 21 philosophers about the Rolling Stones. Soft cover, 303 pages, no photos. Available here.

Book edited by Luke Dick and George A. Reisch "The Rolling Stones And Philosophy" (Open Court Books, Illinois. ISBN 978-0-8126-9758-2).


A new unauthorized book about Keith Richards, made out of quotes, pictures thoughts and tales. Soft cover, 184 pages, for completists only. Available here.

Book by Jack Wilson "How To Be Wild Like Keith Richards" (Marshall Cavendish Editions, Singapore. ISBN 978-981-4346-1).


This new book for record collectors comes from Portugal and includes all Portugese singles and EP's on 133 pages plus a glossy poster. Check out the following ebay-link for all other info: Available here.

Book by Abel Soares Rosa, Jorge Nogueira & Pedro Freitas Branco "Discografia Potuguesa A 45 RPM" ( ).