Part of The Smith Tapes (see entry of Dec. 14) are also downloads of two complete Rolling Stones press conferences held in L.A. on Oct. 27, 1969 and in NYC, Nov. 26, 1969. Available here and here.

Download 'Rolling Stones L.A. Press Conference & Rolling Stones NYC Press Conference' (The Smith Tapes)


Journalist Howard Smith released interviews he has done with lots of famous artists on CD and as official downloads. Watch out for this formerly uncirculating Mick Jagger-interview (25 min., done in L.A. on October 20, 1969). Available here and here.

CD 'Mick Jagger/Eric Clapton' (The Smith Tapes)


This set consists of a 64-page book and six photos wrapped in a folder. Most of the pictures are well-known, but judging from the reasonable price, this set is quite nice. Available here .

Book by John Stanley 'The Rolling Stones Across The World' (Park Lane Books. ISBN 978-1-906969-28-8)


If you missed the Black Friday Record Store Day re-release of the very first live-release of the Stones, here's plenty of links where to get that EP. Available here .

EP by The Rolling Stones 'Got LIVE If You Want It' (ABKCO Music & Records Inc.)


The new album by Chris Jagger's Atcha! is finally available (via mail order from his website). Brother Mick helps out on vocals on two tracks. Other notable guests are Bobby Keys and Tim Ries. Available here .

CD by Chris Jagger's Atcha! 'Concertina Jack' (Latent Talent LT0104CD)


Just released on bluray, DVD and CD was this years Crossroads Guitar Festival. KR and EC play Key To The Highway, unfortunately all formats omit their second song of the evening (Sweet Little Rock'n Roller). Available here .

2 bluray's or 2 DVD's or 2 CD's by Various Artists 'Crossroads - Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2013' (Rhino Entertainment Company)


The new RS live-release (recorded and filmed this year at Hyde Park, July 6 & 13) comes in multiple formats. My best advice is to get the so-called Deluxe Edition, as it comes in 12" with a 60-page photo-book (displaying photos of Hyde Park 1969 and 2013). Completists should watch out for a Japanese edition with the elsewhere unavailable bonus-tracks Tumbling Dice (video) and Happy (audio). Available here .

Bluray/DVD/2 CD's/Book by The Rolling Stones 'Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live (Deluxe Edition)' (Eagle Rock Entertainment EREDV1014)


Another Mick Jagger-biography. But this one focuses more on good pictures, many of them are unseen. (Hardcover, 210 pages). Available here .

Book by Valeria Manferto De Fabianis & Billy J. Altman 'Mick Jagger: A Spectacular Rock Life' (White Star Publishers. ISBN 978-88-544-0763-3)


Already the fifth book by Sean Egan on the subject of The Rolling Stones is a compilation of 19 Keith Richards-interviews (taken from all eras, 1964 - 2011). We know that KR-interviews are always very honest and entertaining, so a good read is guranteed. Paperback, 278 pages. Available here .

Book edited by Sean Egan 'Keith Richards On Keith Richards: Interviews And Encounters' (Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-61374-788-9)


Rush-released on CD earlier this year and now also available on DVD is the concert held in benefit to the Robin Hood Relief Fund for the victims of the Hurricane Sandy. The concert was held at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, 2012 and both Stones-songs are on the DVD. Available here .

DVD by Various Artists '121212 The Concert For Sandy Relief' (Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment 88765459699)


This book is no news, but I'd like to recommend it again: Graham Ride was the best friend of Brian Jones in the year before the formation of The Rolling Stones. His great book about the good and the bad times they shared together as friends and roommates is a must read. Available here (3rd edition, 307 pages) .

Book by Graham Ride 'Foundation Stone' (Broad Brush Publishing Ltd. UK. ISBN 1-904221-00-9 )


Chris Kramer re-recorded his vocals of his 2010 album Chicago Blues in English language, MT's contributions (on three tracks) stayed the same. For completists. (See also news-entry of May 29, 2010). Available here .

CD by Crazy Chris Kramer 'Chicago Blues (English Version)' (Blow Till Midnight Records BTM 1000-57, -Germany)


The director's cut of Jon Brewer's Hendrix-documentary The Guitar Hero includes an extra-disc with extended interviews, among the interviewee's is Mick Taylor. Available here .

2 DVD's by Jimi Hendrix 'The Guitar Hero (Director's Cut)' (Universal 0602537290550)


Finally out as a regular CD-release is the very good new album by Stephen Dale Petit (see also entry of June 23). Mick Taylor plays on two tracks, on one of them with the late great Hubert Sumlin, on the other with Chris Barber and Dr. John. Available here .

CD by Stephen Dale Petit 'Cracking The Code' (333 Records 295333CD)


Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz second Stones-book uses a new twist: he writes the band's story by describing the surroundings of 50 of their key tracks from Tell Me to Plundered My Soul. Hardcover, 404 pages, no photos. Available here .

Book by Bill Janovitz "Rocks Off - 50 Tracks That Tell The Story Of The Rolling Stones" (St. Martin's Press, New York City. ISBN 978-1-250-02631-6) .


Mercury just released a very useful collection of rare tracks from Rod Stewart's great 1969-1974 period, having Ronnie Wood all over them. The set also includes one previously unavailable track (Country Comfort from a BBC-session in September 1970). Available here .

2 CD's by Rod Stewart "Rarities" (Mercury/Universal 0602537285136) .


Jay Bulger's great documentary about Ginger Baker is now available on DVD. It includes an interview with Charlie Watts. Available here .

DVD Ginger Baker "Beware Of Mr. Baker" (Curzon Film World CFW652DVD) .


The four Andrew Oldham Orchestra-albums from the mid-60's were just re-released in Japan on CD and come with tons of bonus tracks. Stones-involvement on some tracks is confirmed, Stones-involvement on even more tracks is possible. Available here .

CD's by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra "16 Hip Hits" (Universal UICY-75672)/"East Meets West" (Universal UICY-75673)/"Plays Lionel Bart's Maggie May" (Universal UICY-75674)/"The Rolling Stones Songbook" (Universal UICY-75675) .


In Jon Brewer's great documentary about B.B. King's life you will find interviews with Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood and also some live footage with Mick Jagger (from Washington 2012) and Ronnie Wood (from London 2011). Available here .

DVD B.B. King "The Life Of Riley" (Boulevard Entertainment BVED0131).


Also Rolling Stone Magazine released a nice special issue on the Stones (see below for the NME-counterpart). Theirs is 124 pages, the contents taken from old RS-issues (1969 - 2013). Available here .

magazine "Rolling Special Collectors Edition - The Rolling Stones" (Rolling Stone LCC, USA).


This very nice Special Collectors' Magazine from the makers of the New Musical Express was released about four weeks ago in the UK. It consists of 100 pages of great NME-reprints of the last 50 years. Available here .

magazine "NME Special Collectors' Magazine - Rolling Stones" (IPC Media Ltd., England).


Less than 10 days after the second Hyde Park-gig the Stones give us a mix of both days as a download-only release on i-tunes. 19 tracks, for a 4-week period of time (available until August 19). Available here .

Download-album by The Rolling Stones "Hyde Park Live" (Promotone B.V.).


Sean Egan's fourth book on the Stones is a collection of old and new writings of other authors, among them Bill Wyman, Keith Altham, John Pidgeon, Robert Greenfield and Barry Miles. Paperback, 534 pages, no photos. Available here .

Book by Sean Egan "The Mammoth Book Of The Rolling Stones" (Constable & Robinson Ltd.. ISBN 978-1-78033-646-6).


Günter Schneidewind is a German radio host since 20 odd years. He has collected his stories and reminiscences in a book and most interesting to us collectors is the hardback edition, as it includes an accompanying CD ("Schneidewind On Air"), including an interview with Mick Jagger (ca. 7 min., done in Stuttgart in May 1999). Available here .

Book with CD by Günter Schneidewind "Der Große Schneidewind" (Klöpfer + Meyer GmbH + Co. KG, -Germany. ISBN 978-3-86351-018-3).


The most notorious non-free festival-gig of the Stones was probably Knebworth on August 21, 1976. Between Glastonbury and Hyde Park-gigs I wanted to point out again that there's an interesting Knebworth76-memorabilia-set available. Check the link below for list of contents (in August the set will additionally contain a t-shirt). The music and film-footage has the same quality like the many circulating bootlegs, but the other memorabilia is unique and nice. Available here.

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


Stephen Dale Petit's new album just had an advance release on LP (with additional download code). Among the guests are Mick Taylor (on two songs), Hubert Sumlin, Dr. John and Chris Barber. The CD will be released on September 9. Available here (click on "shop") .

LP by Stephen Dale Petit 'Cracking The Code' (333 Records 295333LP).


This new book deals with the sociological aspects of the cultural phenomenon Rolling Stones. Not everyone's cup of tea, but possibly a good read, if you are interested in stuff like that. Softcover, 256 pages. Available here .

Book by Helmut Staubmann 'The Rolling Stones Sociological Perspectives' (Lexington Books, ISBN 978-0-7391-7673-3).


Top-producer (and son of Glyn) Ethan Johns released his second solo album and on one track (Red Rooster Blue) Bill Wyman is guesting on bass (and Ian McLagan on organ). Available here .

CD by Ethan Johns 'If Not Now Then When?' (Three Crows Records TCR CD1).


The new issue of Mojo magazine has Jagger&Richards on the front cover, 20 pages about the Stones inside and also a free CD with 15 original tracks which were later covered by the Stones. (Click on the magazine cover to check the CD's tracklist.) Available here .

Magazine with CD 'Mojo' (issue #236, July 2013).


The bonus-section of the US Crossfire Hurricane-DVD includes a handful of 60's-performances not found on previous CH-releases: two performances from The Arthur Haynes Show 1964, three tracks from NME (Pollwinners Concert) 1964 and two tracks from NME 1965. Available here .

DVD by The Rolling Stones 'Crossfire Hurricane' (Eagle Rock Entertainment EV305979).


I recently found out that this Toots & The Maytals-release includes a bonus-DVD with the 2011 BBC4-documentary Reggae Got Soul, which includes an interview with Keith Richards. Available here .

CD + DVD by Toots & The Maytals 'Unplugged On Strawberry Hill' (Isis Production Ltd. 5065001566189).


Andrew Oldham did his first Rolling Stones Songbook in 1966 and it sold quite well. Fans always puzzled if members of the Stones played on one or the other track. Later The Verve famously sampled a part of The Last Time for their big hit Bitter Sweet Symphony. Now Oldham saucily covers The Verve's track (apart from 11 Stones-songs)! But this time I wouldn't expect Stones-members being among the "Friends". Available here .

CD by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra And Friends 'Play The Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2' (Gold Lake Records GLAO03262013).


Bill Wyman compiled a very nice book, consisting of private photos, handwritten comments, memorabilia and (most notable for collectors) two accompanying discs (CD & 10" picture disc) including five previously unreleased demos from the 80's. Unfortunately the book is very high priced... Available here .

Book with CD & 10" picture disc-EP by Bill Wyman 'Bill Wyman's Scrapbook' (Concert Live Ltd., ISBN 978-0-9571697-1-5).


Pete Fornatale, a NYC radio personality (who recently died), carried together a big variety of interview bits, stories and photos of the Stones 50-years history or as the title boasts: myths & stories from half a century of The Rolling Stones. Softcover, 280 pages, quite a nice read. Available here .

Book by Pete Fornatale 'Rolling Stones 50 Licks' (Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4088-3382-7).


Check your local record shop for a Record Day re-release of the 1964-EP Five By Five. The front and backcover had some minor changes, but nevertheless it's a nice facsimile of the legendary EP, which was recorded entirely at Chess.

EP by The Rolling Stones 'Five By Five' (Abkco Music & Records 018771893615).


Ernst Hofacker's song-by-song reference book was just released in its fourth revised and updated edition. Hofacker's book is most up to date again (last entry is Crossfire Hurricane-DVD from January 2013) and very well researched. A must have for German native speakers. Softcover, 430 pages plus 16 pages of photos. Available here .

Book by Ernst Hofacker 'Confessin' The Blues - Das Gesamtwerk 1963 - 2013' (Bosworth Edition. ISBN 978-3-86543-765-5).


This new re-release of The Blues Band's 1982 live-album Bye Bye Blues includes three more bonus tracks, one of them (Spoonful) with Ian Stewart on piano (and Alexis Korner on vocals). All in all Stu is on five tracks on the album. Available here .

2 CD's by The Blues Band 'Live - Bye Bye Blues' (Repertoire Records REPUK 1152).


The Writing Twins strike again! The new book by German collectors/authors Olaf Boehme & Gerd Coordes is a fantastic collection of eyewitness reports, press clippings, photos and memorabilia from the concerts in West-Germany, Austria and Switzerland between 1965 - 1967. A must have for all German-speaking fans and a nice supplement for every fan's book collection. Hardcover, 222 pages incl. more than 300 of photos and images. Available here (via "contact"-link).

Book by Olaf Boehme & Gerd Coordes 'Die Rolling Stones 1965 - 1967' (Edition Olaf Boehme, Putzkau, Germany. ISBN 978-3-00-041255-4).


A very nice new book comes from Portugal with lots of great unseen photos from the five Portuguese concerts 1990 - 2007. Also lots of clippings, info and comments from musicians, companions and fans (covering the whole 50 years), but you have to speak Portuguese to fully appreciate this too. Hardcover, 248 pages. Available here.

Book by Rolando Rebelo 'Rolling Stones em Portugal' (Zebra Publicacoes, Lisbon. ISBN 978-989-8391-28-5).


This US release of Ronnie Wood/Bo Diddley's Live At The Ritz-album omits three songs from the original Japan-release, but substitutes those with three new ones, incl. two of them (Diddley Daddy & Mona) with RW on guitar. Available here.

CD by Bo Diddley & Ron Wood 'Live At The Ritz' (Immortal IMA 105010).


Jo Wood wrote a very honest autobiography which, of course, has its focus on her 32 years on the side of Ronnie. Although the main subject is not about the music, but more about partnership, family, debauchery and their overall life in the Rolling Stones-bubble, I really enjoyed this read. Hardcover, 316 pages (plus 16 pages of unseen pictures). Available here.

Book by Jo Wood 'Hey Jo' (HarperCollins Publishers, London. ISBN 978-0-00-745846-2).


If you are interested in the business side of the Stones, this is the book to read. Prince Rupert was the Stones' financial adviser since 1968 and about two thirds of his autobiography deal with these matters. (264 pages plus 16 pages of pictures). Available here.

Book by Prince Rupert Loewenstein 'A Prince Among Stones' (Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4088-3279-0).


Another Keith Richards/Tom Waits-collaboration can be found on this new compilation of pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys. They are doing the old traditional Shenandoah. Available here.

2 CD's by Various Artists 'Son Of Rogues Gallery' (Anti Records ANTI-86904-2, -US).


This nice new coffeetable-photobook includes many well-known (iconic) pictures of Keith Richards and also some rare and unseen ones. Hardcover, 208 pages. Available here.

Book by Bill Milkowski 'Keith Richards - A Rock 'n' Roll Life' (White Star Publishers. ISBN 978-88-544-0645-2).


The filmed performance was previously only available on VCD. Now out for the first time on DVD is the Rockpalast-gig which Ronnie Lane played in March 1980 with Ian Stewart on piano (Stu is on all tracks but Debris). (Also re-released was the audio on CD). Available here.

DVD by Ronnie Lane Band 'Live At Rockpalast 1980' (MIG 90547 DVD, -Germany).


This limited edition/high-priced photobook was just released in France. Only 1000 copies of this oversized (19 x 27 inches!) coffeetable book are said to be made. 96 pages, 395€. Available here.

Book by Christophe Geudin (and others) 'The Rolling Stones Live - 50th Anniversary' (Original Editions, -France. ISBN 979-1092043013).


A new book from Germany focuses on KR's playing, his guitars and his amps. I'm not an expert in these technical subjects, but the book reads quite well (one of the co-authors is the well-known German guitarist Carl Carlton and one of the interviewees is KR's guitar-tech Johnny Starbuck). Softcover, 176 pages, many photos, in German. Available here.

Book by Lars Thieleke (+6) 'Guitar Heroes - Keith Richards' (PPV Medien, Germany. ISBN 978-3-941531-94-9).


In March 2012 Keith Richards co-produced (together with Don Was) this new doo-wop album by Aaron Neville during a five-day session at NYC's Electric Ladyland Studios. He also plays guitar on all 12 tracks. Available here.

CD by Aaron Neville 'My True Story' (Blue Note Records 509996 23489 2 8).


Bill Wyman in person showed up in 1982 to mime to the playback of his then new single A New Fashion on German ARD TV's Musikladen. (His backing band consisted of Terry Taylor and Kenney Jones). Now available officially on this nice compilation-DVD. Available here.

DVD by Various Artists 'Das beste aus dem Musikladen - Folge 3' (Sony Music Entertainment 88765 40994 9, -Germany).


Rush-released shortly before X-mas in Japan (and this month also available in the rest of the world) is the DVD of Crossfire Hurricane. The Japanese version is the one with most bonus-tracks: it has 3 (great) tracks from Münster'65 (instead of just two tracks like in other countries' editions) and also two unique messages/announcements (from MJ&KR/the RS) which aren't available anywhere else. Available here.

DVD by The Rolling Stones 'Crossfire Hurricane' (Columbia Music Entertainment VQBD-10117, - Japan).